Open Innovation and the Management of Intra-firm Conflict
Christos N. Pitelis
University of Cambridge - Centre for International Business and Management
affiliation not provided to SSRN
July 28, 2009
Forthcoming in International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital
We analyse the hitherto unexplored relationship between intra-firm conflict between the research and development (R&D) department and central management, conflict alleviation and the choice of ‘open’ versus ‘closed’ innovation, in the context of a simple formal model. We find that in the presence of (intentional or unintentional) divergence of preferred (R&D) output between the R&D department and central management, the decision by central management to adopt an ‘open’ (versus ‘closed’) innovation approach, may help serve the twin purpose of shifting constraints to growth and increasing firm profitability, by alleviating intra-firm conflict.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 23
Keywords: intra-firm conflict, management, open innovation, firm growth
JEL Classification: D74, O31, O32working papers series
Date posted: July 29, 2009 ; Last revised: March 16, 2010
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