Open at Birth? Why New Firms Do (or Don’t) Use Open Innovation

Greul, Anne, West, Joel and Bock, Simon (2016).'Open at Birth? Why New Firms Do (or Don’t) Use Open Innovation', paper presented at the 2016 Academy of Management, Anaheim, California, August 9

51 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2016

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Anne Greul

Technische Universität München (TUM) - TUM School of Management

Joel West

KGI - Keck Graduate Institute

Simon Bock

Technische Universität München (TUM) - TUM School of Management

Date Written: September 9, 2016

Abstract

Open innovation is about firms harnessing knowledge flows across firm boundaries, but limited research has examined the nature and antecedents of these flows for startup firms. From a new sample of startup firms making 3D printers, we show how their degree of openness for inbound and outbound knowledge flows relates to the firms’ initial capabilities and founding strategies. From this, we suggest that the patterns of openness are influenced more by initial factor endowments than a firm-specific process of emergent strategy development.

Keywords: knowledge, modularity, selective revealing, competitive advantage, human capital

Suggested Citation

Greul, Anne and West, Joel and Bock, Simon, Open at Birth? Why New Firms Do (or Don’t) Use Open Innovation (September 9, 2016). Greul, Anne, West, Joel and Bock, Simon (2016).'Open at Birth? Why New Firms Do (or Don’t) Use Open Innovation', paper presented at the 2016 Academy of Management, Anaheim, California, August 9. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2875577 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2875577

Anne Greul

Technische Universität München (TUM) - TUM School of Management ( email )

Freising
Germany

Joel West (Contact Author)

KGI - Keck Graduate Institute ( email )

535 Watson Drive
Claremont, CA 91711
United States
909-293-8550 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.joelwest.org/KGI

Simon Bock

Technische Universität München (TUM) - TUM School of Management ( email )

Freising
Germany

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