Appropriability mechanisms and strategies for innovations: The case of Rotulus

Ólafur Páll Torfason

Student thesis: Master thesis


This thesis investigates appropriability mechanisms, namely; patents, secrecy, complementary assets and lead time. After the investigation of the mechanisms a original framework is introduced that helps to form an appropriability strategy. The framework has been named the Potential of the Appropriability Regime framework or the PAR-framework. A case for analysis is presented that utilizes the framework. The thesis then ends with a reccommended strategy based on the findings from using the framework. The thesis further contributes to discussions on whether or not lead time should be considered an independent appropriability mechanism or rather be viewed as a byproduct from the use of the other mechanisms.

EducationsMSc in International Marketing and Management, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2011
Number of pages78