Session 228


Track I

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Time: 11:00 – 12:15


Room: Club C

Session Chair:

  • Peter Bryant, IE Business School

Title: Global Knowledge Sourcing and Firm-University Collaborations: Balancing Conflicting Effects on Value Creation and Value Capture


  • Francisco Polidoro, University of Texas at Austin

Abstract: Extant literature highlights the positive impact that collaborations between firms and universities have on firms’ global knowledge sourcing strategies by facilitating value creation. Yet, the literature has not examined factors that induce such collaborations in ways that mitigate their potential detrimental effect on firms’ abilities to capture value inherent in the knowledge they create. This study argues that the deterrent effects associated with internal collaborations make a firm more likely to form external collaboration linkages with a university when the innovative activities of its corresponding R&D unit exhibit a higher degree of collaborations across inventors and across geographically-dispersed units. Empirical tests using data on co-authorship linkages between firms’ researchers and scientists affiliated with the top 400 global universities during a 25-year period support these propositions.

Title: Influence of Managing Team Regulatory Focus on Business Unit Exploratory Innovation through Organizational Design Elements


  • Aybars Tuncdogan, Cardiff University
  • Ad Boon, Erasmus University - Rotterdam
  • Tom Mom, Erasmus University-Rotterdam
  • Frans A.J. Van Den Bosch, Erasmus University-Rotterdam
  • Henk Volberda, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Abstract: Exploratory innovation is known to be a primary means of performance and survival for the business unit. Although the antecedents of exploratory innovation were previously discussed, little has been said about how the managing teams reflect their strategic inclinations on the exploratory innovation of the business unit. In this paper, we examine how the regulatory focus of the business unit's managing team exerts an influence on that unit's level of exploratory innovation through the use of organizational design elements. The survey study was conducted at a multinational semiconductor firm with the participation of 803 managers from 73 business units. Results indicate that centralization and connectedness at the business unit mediate the relationship between regulatory focus of the managing team and the level of exploratory innovation.

Title: Lost (and Found) in Translation: Exploration into Unrelated Areas and Technology Evolution of Semiconductor Knowledge


  • Rafael Corredoira, Ohio State University
  • Preeta Banerjee, Brandeis University

Abstract: This proposal investigates the structure of an industry knowledge network and how the type of innovation affects the industry level breadth (number of citations) and depth (generality). It empirically test how innovations that utilize knowledge from areas never drawn upon before (spanning) or never combined together in previous innovations (bridging), perform in terms of influence, number of citations and generality. By analyzing a universe of 8,913 patents granted to 144 semiconductor firms, preliminary results show that bridging patents citing receives larger number of citations. On the other hand, spanning patents receive fewer citations and larger generality, but have larger influence in further technology developments

Title: Subsidiary Forays into New Technological Territory


  • Anupama Phene, George Washington University
  • Stephen B Tallman, University of Richmond

Abstract: When do foreign subsidiaries venture into uncharted technological territory? Our study examines the effects of technological changes in the host country and parent firm on subsidiary entry into new technologies. We hypothesize that technological repositioning in the host country and by the parent firm, has positive implications for subsidiary entry into new technologies that are complementary to the firm. We posit that technological repositioning in the host country has a positive effect on subsidiary entry into new, unrelated technologies only in the presence of weaker subsidiary capabilities relative to local firms. We also propose that technological repositioning by the parent encourages subsidiary entry into new, unrelated technologies in the presence of weaker subsidiary capabilities relative to other subsidiaries in the same firm.

All Sessions in Track I...

Sun: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 274: Knowledge Foundations: A Conversation with Robert Grant about the Knowledge Based View
Sun: 09:30 – 10:45
Session 273: Big Data, Knowledge and Innovation
Sun: 11:15 – 12:30
Session 275: The Changing Nature of Innovation in Emerging Economies
Sun: 15:15 – 16:30
Session 225: Intellectual Property Rights
Session 229: Structure and Innovation
Mon: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 223: Individuals, Teams and Innovation
Session 242: R&D
Mon: 09:30 – 10:45
Session 140: Knowledge Management & Knowledge Structures: Who knows?
Session 226: Technology
Session 235: Learning
Mon: 13:30 – 14:45
Session 222: Integrating Knowledge about Knowledge Integration
Session 227: Knowledge Transfer and Replication
Mon: 16:30 – 17:45
Session 224: Absorptive Capacity
Session 236: Innovation and Performance
Tue: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 230: Ties, Networks, and Innovation
Session 237: Open Innovation
Tue: 11:00 – 12:15
Session 228: Exploration
Session 231: Alliance and Transfer
Tue: 14:15 – 15:30
Session 234: Incumbent Response to Foreign Entry and to Disruptive Innovation
Session 240: Capabilities
Tue: 15:45 – 17:00
Session 233: Structure and Transfer
Session 243: Entrepreneurs, Ventures, and Innovation
Tue: 17:30 – 18:45
Session 232: Innovation and Transfer
Session 239: Ambidexterity / Exploration and Exploitation
Session 244: Knowledge Management

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