All for One and One for All: How Intrafirm Networks Affect the Speed of Knowledge Recombination

Solon Moreira, Arjan Markus

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    Drawing on absorptive capacity and social network theory, we examine the effect of intrafirm network closure, tie strength, and diversity on firms? recombination speed of technologically distant external knowledge. Results from an event history study of 113 pharmaceutical firms, which engage in technology licensing in the period 1986-2003, reveal that the time to recombine external knowledge into own invention increases with technological distance. However, intrafirm co-invention network closure and diversity shorten the time to recombine distant external knowledge. These results mark the importance of inventors? knowledge networks as antecedent of the speed with which firms can absorb
    external knowledge.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication dateJun 2013
    Number of pages38
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013
    EventThe 35th DRUID Celebration Conference 2013: Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship: Competitiveness and Dynamics of Organizations, Technologies, Systems and Geography - ESADE Business School, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain
    Duration: 17 Jun 201319 Jun 2013
    Conference number: 35


    ConferenceThe 35th DRUID Celebration Conference 2013: Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship
    LocationESADE Business School, Ramon Llull University
    OtherThe DRUID Society Conference 2013
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