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A dynamic view on secrecy management

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  • Bos, Brenda
  • Broekhuizen, Thijs L.J.
  • de Faria, Pedro

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Purpose – The current study provides a literature review on secrecy as mechanism for appropriating value from innovation. It synthesizes previous findings into a framework that can explain the advantages of exercising secrecy versus patenting. It also examines the management lifecycle of secrecy. Design/methodology/approach – It takes a dynamic perspective and suggests a four-stage secrecy management lifecycle: creation of secret, installation of preventive mechanisms, protection and exploitation, and minimization of leakage. Findings – Based on the four stages, the study highlights under-researched areas, and develops a future research agenda for secrecy management. Originality/value – Despite the managerial and academic relevance of this topic, extant research does not offer a comprehensive framework for the concept of secrecy. This study provides a dynamic perspective to highlight the important aspects of secrecy management during the lifecycle of secrets.

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  • Bos, Brenda & Broekhuizen, Thijs L.J. & de Faria, Pedro, 2015. "A dynamic view on secrecy management," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 68(12), pages 2619-2627.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jbrese:v:68:y:2015:i:12:p:2619-2627
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2015.04.009
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