How Firms Build Isolating Mechanisms for Knowledge: A Study in Offshore Research and Development Captives

Srikanth, K and Nandkumar, A and Mani, D and Kale, P (2020) How Firms Build Isolating Mechanisms for Knowledge: A Study in Offshore Research and Development Captives. Strategy Science, 5 (2). pp. 98-116.

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Abstract

Understanding how firms protect their knowledge from leakage is becoming increasingly important, especially when knowledge is not well protected by legal mechanisms such as patents. The rapid rise in research and development (R&D) activities taking place in offshore locations that only offer weak legal protection for intellectual property provides the ideal context to study this question. Using interview and survey data from captive R&D centers of multinational firms in India, we (1) identify five organizational practices that firms use to protect their knowledge from leaking to competitors in offshore locations, (2) consider whether these practices limit knowledge leakage or limit damage from leaked knowledge, and (3) explore whether they are complements or substitutes.

Affiliation: Indian School of Business
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ISB CreatorsORCiD
Nandkumar, AUNSPECIFIED
Mani, Dhttp://orcid.org/0000-0002-2458-6961
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: knowledge leakage,trade secrets protection, research and development offshoring, weak intellectual property, organization design, knowledge stickiness, knowledge system dependence
Subjects: Business Innovation
Sustainable Development
Depositing User: Gurusrinivasan K
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2020 03:45
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2020 03:45
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/1371
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1287/stsc.2020.0101
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