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La delega dell'autorità decisionale nelle acquisizioni di NTBF: l'impatto sull'innovazione


  • Massimo G. Colombo
  • Diego D'Adda
  • Evila Piva
  • Cristina Rossi Lamastra


The paper considers the acquisition of a high-tech start-up and analyzes how the allocation of innovation decision-making powers has an impact on the post-acquisition innovation activity of the target firm. These powers may be delegated to the key inventors of the acquired firm or centralized by the acquiring firm. The authors develop a theoretical model that integrates the insights offered by the competence- and resource-based views into a framework based on recent developments in delegation theory. The model leads to testable predictions related to the moderating effect of several factors on the relationship between the delegation (or centralization) of decisions and the post-acquisition innovation performance. Specifically, we consider the following factors: i) the reasons behind the acquisition (explorative vs. exploitative); ii) the technological connection between the acquiring and the acquired firms; and iii) the nature of the buyer’s previous acquisition experience. The model has relevant normative implications for the management of the buyer firm relating to the post-acquisition reorganization of the start-up.

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  • Massimo G. Colombo & Diego D'Adda & Evila Piva & Cristina Rossi Lamastra, 2010. "La delega dell'autorità decisionale nelle acquisizioni di NTBF: l'impatto sull'innovazione," ECONOMIA E POLITICA INDUSTRIALE, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2010(3), pages 39-68.
  • Handle: RePEc:fan:polipo:v:html10.3280/poli2010-003003

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    Acquisizioni; innovazione; teoria delle risorse e delle competenze; teoria della delega;

    JEL classification:

    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance
    • M13 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - New Firms; Startups


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