A competition-based explanation of collaborative invention within the firm
Version of Record online: 22 MAR 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Strategic Management Journal
Volume 34, Issue 10, pages 1186–1208, October 2013
How to Cite
Toh, P. K. and Polidoro, F. (2013), A competition-based explanation of collaborative invention within the firm. Strat. Mgmt. J., 34: 1186–1208. doi: 10.1002/smj.2059
- Issue online: 16 AUG 2013
- Version of Record online: 22 MAR 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 26 JAN 2013 04:51AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 14 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Received: 13 NOV 2010
- knowledge-based resources;
Existing literature shows that collaborative invention within the firm enhances innovativeness by facilitating knowledge recombination. Despite such benefit, firms vary in their use of collaborative invention when drawing on their individual inventors' knowledge. In addressing this puzzle, we argue that competition from rival products building on similar knowledge compels firms to favor search depth over exploratory search and respond expeditiously, thus reducing a firm's inclination toward collaborative invention. In contrast with prior research's focus on how upstream resources influence a firm's position in downstream markets, this study shows that downstream competition drives heterogeneity across firms in their utilization of upstream resources. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.