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Design as an isolating mechanism for capturing value from innovation: from cloaks and traps to sabotage

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Title: Design as an isolating mechanism for capturing value from innovation: from cloaks and traps to sabotage
Authors: Sharapov, D
MacAulay, SC
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: How firms capture value from their innovations has long interested strategy and innovation scholars. Prior work has focused on legal, economic, and social mechanisms for isolating knowledge from imitation as crucial to this process. Our contribution extends this stream of research by identifying how design choices about the way knowledge is manifested (e.g., into routines, blueprints, prototypes, or products) can inhibit a counterparty’s ability to imitate knowledge relating to a focal innovation. We derive six theoretically distinct types of knowledge manifestation that can be used for these ends, consider their impacts on the awareness, motivation, and capability of a counterparty seeking to imitate the focal knowledge, and organize them into a novel two-dimensional conceptual framework for comparison. By doing so, we add design mechanisms to the strategic toolbox of isolating mechanisms available for capturing value from innovation. This addition opens up a new channel through which organizational choice endogenously shapes appropriability regimes and introduces knowledge manifestations as an important unit of analysis for understanding innovation strategy.
Issue Date: 21-Sep-2020
Date of Acceptance: 15-Sep-2020
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/97269
DOI: 10.5465/amr.2018.0413
ISSN: 0363-7425
Publisher: Academy of Management
Start Page: 1
End Page: 1
Journal / Book Title: Academy of Management Review
Volume: 47
Issue: 1
Replaces: 10044/1/82999
http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/82999
Copyright Statement: © 2022 The Author(s).
Keywords: Social Sciences
Business
Management
Business & Economics
RESEARCH-AND-DEVELOPMENT
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
TACIT KNOWLEDGE
GENERATIVE APPROPRIABILITY
COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
FIRM
IMITATION
CAPABILITIES
TECHNOLOGIES
REPLICATION
Business & Management
1503 Business and Management
1505 Marketing
Publication Status: Published
Article Number: amr.2018.0413
Online Publication Date: 2020-09-21
Appears in Collections:Imperial College Business School