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2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

A key issue in inter-organizational collaboration, such as joint R&D projects, is how to enable effective knowledge transfer while simultaneously avoid knowledge leakage. In this paper we seek to mitigate this conflict by investigating the nature of knowledge leakage. We address three critical questions where prior literature has offered insufficient answers. (1) What knowledge should a company protect? (2) How does knowledge leakage occur? And (3) which factors affect the likelihood of knowledge leakage? Given the state of prior theory we approached these questions through an inductive multiple-case study of collaborative R&D projects involving large manufacturing firms and their partners. Five cases of such projects were studied and twenty-four interviews conducted. Our findings indicate that companies should protect knowledge based on the potential negative consequences that it might cause rather than what type of knowledge is present. We also propose a general five factor model for leakage processes, and conclude that leakage can be avoided by manipulating one or several of these factors.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 30 p.
Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik, Alliances, Collaboration, Knowledge leakage, Knowledge transfer, R&D projects
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-49206Local ID: 6934d7a5-0dbf-4344-a68f-c2e670bea952OAI: diva2:1022552
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Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Industrial and Management Engineering, master's level
Validerat; 20110210 (anonymous)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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