The Impact of Open Innovation on Employee Mobility and Entrepreneurship

Markus Simeth, Ali Mohammadi

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Prior research shows that firms can increase innovation performance by leveraging external sources of knowledge. However, our understanding regarding potential drawbacks of open collaborative approaches for innovation is still limited. In this paper, we investigate the relationship between R&D collaboration and the departure of skilled employees. Scientists and engineers who interact with external partners for innovation may increase their outside options, resulting in higher rates of employee mobility to other firms and employee entrepreneurship. We examine our research question using a representative Panel dataset that combines information from the Swedish Community Innovation (CIS) survey with employer-employee register data. Our econometric analysis suggests that a stronger use of research collaborations by firms leads to an increasing number of exits of skilled employees.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Seventy-eighth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
EditorsGuclu Atinc
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationBriar Cliff Manor, NY
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication date2018
Article number182
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2018: Improving Lives - Chicago, United States
Duration: 10 Aug 201814 Aug 2018
Conference number: 78


ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Internet address
SeriesAcademy of Management Proceedings

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