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Open innovation and the management of intra-firm conflict

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  • Pitelis, Christos
  • Panagopoulos, Andreas

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We analyse the hitherto unexplored relationship between intra-firm conflict between the research and development (R&D) department and central management, conflict alleviation and the choice of ‘open’ versus ‘closed’ innovation, in the context of a simple formal model. We find that in the presence of (intentional or unintentional) divergence of preferred (R&D) output between the R&D department and central management, the decision by central management to adopt an ‘open’ (versus ‘closed’) innovation approach, may help serve the twin purpose of shifting constraints to growth and increasing firm profitability, by alleviating intra-firm conflict.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 23940.

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Date of creation: 2009
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Keywords: intra-firm conflict; management; open innovation; firm growth;

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