Combination of Complementary Technological Knowledge to Generate "hard to Imitate" Technologies

Feng Zhang, Guohua Jiang

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Valuable technological knowledge attracts more imitations. In light of knowledge-level perspective, this study investigates how firms could generate rare and valuable knowledge that is also hard to imitate. By applying specialised complementary assets concept to the technological portfolio of a firm, we show that core and background technological knowledge from internal and external sources, respectively, are complementarily combined to create new technologies that delay inter-firm knowledge externalities and that generate significant intra-firm knowledge flows simultaneously. The results suggest that the combination of knowledge in certain technological categories would have significant appropriability benefits, allowing firms to generate valuable and hard to imitate technological knowledge. This finding contributes to knowledge management, patent economics, and appropriability literature. Managerial implications for knowledge management are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1950023
JournalJournal of Information and Knowledge Management
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2019

Fingerprint

Knowledge management
firm
knowledge management
level of knowledge
imitation
patent
Economics
knowledge
new technology
assets
economics

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Library and Information Sciences

Cite this

@article{d2b28263be9d4e3ba619a21f01973f06,
title = "Combination of Complementary Technological Knowledge to Generate {"}hard to Imitate{"} Technologies",
abstract = "Valuable technological knowledge attracts more imitations. In light of knowledge-level perspective, this study investigates how firms could generate rare and valuable knowledge that is also hard to imitate. By applying specialised complementary assets concept to the technological portfolio of a firm, we show that core and background technological knowledge from internal and external sources, respectively, are complementarily combined to create new technologies that delay inter-firm knowledge externalities and that generate significant intra-firm knowledge flows simultaneously. The results suggest that the combination of knowledge in certain technological categories would have significant appropriability benefits, allowing firms to generate valuable and hard to imitate technological knowledge. This finding contributes to knowledge management, patent economics, and appropriability literature. Managerial implications for knowledge management are also discussed.",
author = "Feng Zhang and Guohua Jiang",
year = "2019",
month = "6",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1142/S0219649219500230",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "18",
journal = "Journal of Information and Knowledge Management",
issn = "0219-6492",
publisher = "World Scientific Publishing Co.",
number = "2",

}

Combination of Complementary Technological Knowledge to Generate "hard to Imitate" Technologies. / Zhang, Feng; Jiang, Guohua.

In: Journal of Information and Knowledge Management, Vol. 18, No. 2, 1950023, 01.06.2019.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Combination of Complementary Technological Knowledge to Generate "hard to Imitate" Technologies

AU - Zhang, Feng

AU - Jiang, Guohua

PY - 2019/6/1

Y1 - 2019/6/1

N2 - Valuable technological knowledge attracts more imitations. In light of knowledge-level perspective, this study investigates how firms could generate rare and valuable knowledge that is also hard to imitate. By applying specialised complementary assets concept to the technological portfolio of a firm, we show that core and background technological knowledge from internal and external sources, respectively, are complementarily combined to create new technologies that delay inter-firm knowledge externalities and that generate significant intra-firm knowledge flows simultaneously. The results suggest that the combination of knowledge in certain technological categories would have significant appropriability benefits, allowing firms to generate valuable and hard to imitate technological knowledge. This finding contributes to knowledge management, patent economics, and appropriability literature. Managerial implications for knowledge management are also discussed.

AB - Valuable technological knowledge attracts more imitations. In light of knowledge-level perspective, this study investigates how firms could generate rare and valuable knowledge that is also hard to imitate. By applying specialised complementary assets concept to the technological portfolio of a firm, we show that core and background technological knowledge from internal and external sources, respectively, are complementarily combined to create new technologies that delay inter-firm knowledge externalities and that generate significant intra-firm knowledge flows simultaneously. The results suggest that the combination of knowledge in certain technological categories would have significant appropriability benefits, allowing firms to generate valuable and hard to imitate technological knowledge. This finding contributes to knowledge management, patent economics, and appropriability literature. Managerial implications for knowledge management are also discussed.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85066436512&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85066436512&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1142/S0219649219500230

DO - 10.1142/S0219649219500230

M3 - Article

VL - 18

JO - Journal of Information and Knowledge Management

JF - Journal of Information and Knowledge Management

SN - 0219-6492

IS - 2

M1 - 1950023

ER -