Committee Composition and Networking in Standard Setting: The Case of Wireless Telecommunications

23 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2014

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Talia Bar

University of Connecticut - Department of Economics

Aija E. Leiponen

Cornell University - School of Applied Economics and Management

Date Written: Spring 2014

Abstract

We examine factors behind firms' decisions to contribute to open standard setting. Our study highlights a novel explanation: firms seek to improve their positions in an interfirm cooperation network. In the wireless telecommunications standardā€setting organization we study, firms develop new technical specifications in small committees. Our panel data analyses demonstrate that interorganizational network connections influence firms' decisions to support committees. Additionally, firms are more likely to support committees when they are technologically distant from the firm that initiated the committee. We argue that standard setting presents opportunities for information exchange and for accessing complementary R&D assets through the cooperation network.

Suggested Citation

Bar, Talia R. and Leiponen, Aija E., Committee Composition and Networking in Standard Setting: The Case of Wireless Telecommunications (Spring 2014). Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Vol. 23, Issue 1, pp. 1-23, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2376557 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jems.12044

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