The Role Of Organizational Mechanisms In Preventing Leakage Of Unpatented Knowledge

Srikanth, K and Nandkumar, A and Kale, P and Mani, D (2015) The Role Of Organizational Mechanisms In Preventing Leakage Of Unpatented Knowledge. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2015 (1). p. 12076.

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Abstract

Firms need to protect their proprietary knowledge assets from imitation in order to appropriate rents from them. A significant volume of scholarly work is devoted to legal mechanisms for intellectual property (IP) protection such as patents. However, there is a dearth of work on how firms can protect their knowledge that is not patented, such as valuable knowledge that is not codified, is inchoate, or otherwise does not meet the criteria for patenting. In this paper we explore organizational processes and mechanisms that firms can use to protect such valuable knowledge from imitation. We explore these mechanisms using interview and survey data from captive R&D centers of multinational firms in India, where the weak IP regime places weak barriers to knowledge leakage.

Affiliation: Indian School of Business
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Mani, Dhttp://orcid.org/0000-0002-2458-6961
Nandkumar, AUNSPECIFIED
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Organizational mechanisms, Unpatented knowledge
Subjects: Business Analytics
Depositing User: Ilayaraja M
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2019 12:50
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2019 12:50
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/1123
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.5465/ambpp.2015.12076abstract
Publisher OA policy: http://sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0065-0668/
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