Innovation collaboration and appropriability by knowledge-intensive business services firms

Marcela Miozzo, Panos Desyllas, Hsing-fen Lee, Ian Miles

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We explore the relation between the choice of value appropriability strategies mechanisms and that of innovation collaboration with different external organisations for knowledge-intensive business services (KIBS) firms. Our research paves the way for a better understanding of firm choices of appropriability strategy and innovation collaboration in sectors where formal appropriability mechanisms (such as patents) play a less important role in capturing value from innovation. Multivariate analyses - using data from an original survey of UK and US publicly-traded KIBS firms - indicate that KIBS firms do not consider formal appropriability mechanisms as significant value capture mechanisms for value capture. Despite thisHowever, there iswe find a positive association between the importance accorded to formal appropriability mechanisms (e.g. patents, copyrights, trademarks) and to innovation collaboration (especially with public research organisations). Nevertheless, a high levels of emphasis on formal appropriability mechanisms are is associated with assigning less importance to collaboration with clients. Contractual appropriability mechanisms (e.g. confidentiality agreements, employment contracts) are considered the most important appropriability mechanisms, but high levels of emphasis on these are associated with assigning less importance toof innovation collaboration (especially with clients). We also uncover associations between the combination of different appropriability mechanisms and the importance of innovation collaboration with (different) external organisations. We finally find that different combinations of appropriability mechanisms are associated with an enhanced or diminished collaboration capacity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1337-1351
Number of pages15
JournalResearch Policy
Volume45
Issue number7
Early online date11 Apr 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016

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Keywords

  • patent
  • appropriability
  • innovation collaboration
  • open innovation
  • services
  • knowledge-intensive services
  • intellectual property rights

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Innovation collaboration and appropriability by knowledge-intensive business services firms. / Miozzo, Marcela; Desyllas, Panos; Lee, Hsing-fen; Miles, Ian .

In: Research Policy, Vol. 45, No. 7, 01.09.2016, p. 1337-1351.

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Miozzo, Marcela ; Desyllas, Panos ; Lee, Hsing-fen ; Miles, Ian . / Innovation collaboration and appropriability by knowledge-intensive business services firms. In: Research Policy. 2016 ; Vol. 45, No. 7. pp. 1337-1351.
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