When sharing becomes a liability: An intellectual capital approach to describing the dichotomy of knowledge protection versus sharing in intra- and interorganizational relationships

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dc.contributor Svenska handelshögskolan, institutionen för företagsledning och organisation, entreprenörskap och företagsledning sv
dc.contributor Hanken School of Economics, Department of Management and Organisation, Entrepreneurship and Management en
dc.contributor.author Solitander, Maria
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-01T10:07:54Z fi
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-02T13:23:01Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-01T10:07:54Z fi
dc.date.available 2011-03-02T13:23:01Z
dc.date.issued 2011-03-01
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-232-118-3
dc.identifier.issn 0424-7256
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10227/812
dc.identifier.uri URN:ISBN:978-952-232-118-3
dc.description.abstract The tension created when companies are collaborating with competitors – sometimes termed co-opetition - has been subject of research within the network approach. As companies are collaborating with competitors, they need to simultaneously share and protect knowledge. The opportunistic behavior and learning intent of the partner may be underestimated, and collaboration may involve significant risks of loss of competitive edge. Contrastingly, the central tenet within the Intellectual Capital approach is that knowledge grows as it flows. The person sharing does not lose the knowledge and therefore knowledge has doubled from a company’s point of view. Value is created through the interplay of knowledge flows between and within three forms of intellectual capital: human, structural and relational capital. These are the points of departure for the research conducted in this thesis. The thesis investigates the tension between collaboration and competition through an Intellectual Capital lens, by identifying the actions taken to share and protect knowledge in interorganizational collaborative relationships. More specifically, it explores the tension in knowledge flows aimed at protecting and sharing knowledge, and their effect on the value creation of a company. It is assumed, that as two companies work closely together, the collaborative relationship becomes intertwined between the two partners and the intellectual capital flows of both companies are affected. The research finds that companies commonly protect knowledge also in close and long-term collaborative relationships. The knowledge flows identified are both collaborative and protective, with the result that they sometimes are counteracting and neutralize each other. The thesis contributes to the intellectual capital approach by expanding the understanding of knowledge protection in interorganizational relationships in three ways. First, departing from the research on co-opetition it shifts the focus from the internal view of the company as a repository of intellectual capital onto the collaborative relationships between competing companies. Second, instead of the traditional collaborative and sharing point of departure, it takes a competitive and protective perspective. Third, it identifies the intellectual capital flows as assets or liabilities depending on their effect on the value creation of the company. The actions taken to protect knowledge in an interorganizational relationship may decrease the value created in the company, which would make them liabilities. fi
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Svenska handelshögskolan sv
dc.publisher Hanken School of Economics en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Economics and Society
dc.relation.ispartofseries 225
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dc.subject intellectual capital fi
dc.subject knowledge protection fi
dc.subject knowledge sharing fi
dc.subject intellectual assets fi
dc.subject intellectual liabilities fi
dc.subject interorganizational relationships fi
dc.subject collaboration fi
dc.subject competition fi
dc.subject qualitative fi
dc.subject interviews fi
dc.subject.other Entrepreneurship and Management fi
dc.title When sharing becomes a liability: An intellectual capital approach to describing the dichotomy of knowledge protection versus sharing in intra- and interorganizational relationships fi
dc.type.ontasot Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Väitöskirja fi
dc.type.ontasot Doktorsavhandling sv
dc.type.dcmitype Text
dc.date.accepted 2011-03-12

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