The Strategic Allocation of Inventors to R&D Collaborations
Strategic Management Journal, Volume 42, Issue 1, 2021, Pages 144-169
51 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2016 Last revised: 15 Dec 2020
Date Written: March 25, 2016
In this paper, we suggest that staffing decisions in R&D alliances can reduce the inherent tension between value creation and value protection faced by participating firms. By considering R&D workers a primary source of knowledge leakage, we analyze the role of their intellectual property protection in shaping the misappropriation threat posed by the partner. We rely on patent ownership and inventorship data to analyze the selection of individuals for R&D collaborations in the pharmaceutical industry between 1991 and 2010. Our results suggest that an inventor's strength of intellectual property protection is an important determinant in allocation decisions since it contributes to offsetting leakage risks in the alliance. The effect is especially strong in alliances that anticipate higher hazards.
Keywords: R&D, collaboration, technology leakage, co-patents, inventors
JEL Classification: J24, L65, O31, O32, O34
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