Session 205

Knowledge Recombination and Interdependencies

Track I

Date: Monday, October 5, 2015


Time: 13:45 – 15:00


Room: Governor's Square 14

Session Chair:

  • Pedro de Faria, University of Groningen

Title: Good Things Come to Those Who Wait? The Technological Impact of Recombining Inactive Knowledge Components


  • Holmer Kok, University of Groningen
  • Dries Faems, University of Groningen
  • Pedro de Faria, University of Groningen

Abstract: This study introduces the concept of recombinant lag – the time that elapses between two subsequent recombinations of a knowledge component – as a determinant of recombinant value. Contrary to expectations, results based on 11,302 fuel cell patent families indicate that average lag of recombined internal knowledge components has no influence on the technological impact of the invention. However, our preliminary findings indicate that recombining internal knowledge components which have been inactive for an extended period of time has a significant positive relation with the technological impact of the invention. These results imply that reevaluating the stock of inactive internal knowledge components is an important source of novelty for knowledge recombination.

Title: Learning from How Other Firms Couple Your Existing Knowledge and How Product Market Overlaps Matter


  • Seojin Kim, Temple University

Abstract: I argue that firms can learn new associations between their knowledge domains by observing other firms' coupling behaviors. By viewing a firm’s knowledge structure as a knowledge network that consists of technological domains and ties between those elements, I attempt to investigate how knowledge couplings of recipient firms of a firm’s knowledge spillover can affect the knowledge structure of an originating firm and how such changes influence innovation outcomes of a focal firm’s search. Shifts in a firm’s knowledge structure would require to break cognitive inertia and to make significant changes in organizational routines. Competitive dynamics among market players will moderate the above relationship.

Title: Multiplicative Innovation Synergies


  • Kathryn Harrigan, Columbia University
  • Maria Chiara Di Guardo, University of Cagliari

Abstract: The content of patents’ backward citations was used to estimate the breadth of diverse technological learning that was incorporated into each invention. A new patent-score measure was built that suggested whether post-acquisition innovation synergies had been realized (based on improvements in firms’ subsequent patent scores). Higher performance was associated with higher backward-citation patent scores and such improvements were associated with multiplicative innovation synergies. Additional results suggested that highly-diversified firms did not necessarily enjoy the multiplicative, innovation synergies that high backward-citation patent scores indicated.

Title: The Perils of Complexity: Change in Product Interdependencies and Firm Performance


  • Gautam Ahuja, University of Michigan
  • Elena Novelli, City University London

Abstract: The current economic environment is characterized by interconnected complex product systems. With this term we are referring to contexts in which products are “made up of a large number of parts that interact in a non-simple way” (Simon, 1962). In this paper, we investigate how the characteristics of the product portfolio of firms operating in these contexts affect the riskiness of their business proposition. We show that the complexity of a firm’s product portfolio increases its hazard of failure and that this effect is even stronger if the characteristics of the products in the firm’s portfolio and/or the interdependencies between them change on a systematic basis. Conversely, our results suggest that superior technological knowledge can help a firm to navigate through the complexity of its product portfolio and reduce the overall hazard of failure.

All Sessions in Track I...

Sun: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 276: K&I Sunday Panel: Big Data & Analytics in Strategy
Sun: 09:45 – 11:00
Session 277: K&I Foundations Session: A Conversation with Dan Levinthal
Sun: 11:15 – 12:30
Session 278: K&I Sunday Panel: Knowledge and Innovation in models of Business Models
Sun: 16:15 – 17:30
Session 104: Resource Allocation and Innovation
Session 261: Knowledge Creation and Sharing in Virtual Communities
Sun: 17:45 – 00:00
Session 317: Knowledge and Innovation Business Meeting
Mon: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 62: Multi-level perspectives on capability development
Session 105: Sourcing Strategies for Knowledge
Session 256: Innovation and the Strategy-Performance Relationship
Mon: 11:15 – 12:30
Session 203: Post Acquisition Learning
Session 204: Acquiring human capital: Process and outcomes
Mon: 13:45 – 15:00
Session 107: Evolving Industries, Evolving Products
Session 205: Knowledge Recombination and Interdependencies
Mon: 16:45 – 18:00
Session 100: Innovation Management in Networks, Ecosystems, and Innovation Hubs
Session 200: Strategic Leadership, Learning, and Exploration
Tue: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 136: Innovating and Learning in Collaborative Alliances
Session 255: Processes for Innovation and Ideation
Tue: 11:00 – 12:15
Session 101: Strategic Patenting
Session 137: Entrepreneurial Experience and Cognition: Implications for Venture Performance
Tue: 14:15 – 15:30
Session 198: Emerging Market Strategies
Session 206: Knowledge Replication, Transfer and Absorption
Tue: 15:45 – 17:00
Session 17: Human Capital and Entrepreneurship
Session 108: Open Innovation: Antecedents and Performance Effects
Session 262: Pioneering Knowledge
Tue: 17:30 – 18:45
Session 60: Blurring the Boundaries of Strategy Work
Session 202: Team Dynamics and Creativity
Session 271: Spinouts

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