Fast Success and Slow Failure: The Costs of Collaboration across Formal Boundaries

Louise Mors, David Waguespack

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    Full Abstract: Do the benefits of cross boundary collaborations outweigh the costs?
    We seek to answer this question by examining 5079 collaborations in the
    Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Our findings suggest that crossing
    formal boundaries is positively related to success and efficiency of the
    collaboration. Yet there are high costs associated with cross boundary
    collaborations for unsuccessful projects, as these take longer to fail, and
    therefore hold up resources that could be reallocated to other projects.
    We find that even with a boost in success, the costs are higher than the
    likelihood of success, suggesting that firms are better off investing in nondiverse
    projects. This finding has important implications for how we think
    about the benefits of seeking novelty.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2016
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventStrategic Management Society 36th Annual International Conference. SMS 2016 - Berlin, Germany
    Duration: 17 Sept 201620 Sept 2016
    Conference number: 36


    ConferenceStrategic Management Society 36th Annual International Conference. SMS 2016
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