In search for the not-invented-here syndrome : the role of knowledge sources and firm success


Hussinger, Katrin ; Wastyn, Annelies


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/29075
Additional URL: http://www.zew.de/de/publikationen/publikation.php...
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-290758
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2011
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: O31 , O32 , O33,
Subject headings (SWD): Deutschland , Wissenstransfer , Technologietransfer , Unternehmensentwicklung , Unternehmenskultur , Sozialpsychologie , Schätzung
Keywords (English): not-invented-here syndrome , external knowledge sources , firm success , social identity theory , organizational identity
Abstract: The not-invented-here (NIH) syndrome refers to internal resistance in a company against externally developed knowledge. In this paper, we argue that the occurrence of the NIH syndrome depends on the source of external knowledge and the success of the firm that aims at adapting external knowledge. In line with social identity theory, we hypothesize that internal resistance is most likely to occur if knowledge is acquired from similar organizations. This hypothesis is supported by our finding that the NIH syndrome occurs when knowledge is acquired from competitors but not if knowledge is acquired from suppliers, customers or universities. Further, we show that successful companies are most likely to experience the NIH syndrome (if knowledge is acquired from competitors). This is in line with our hypothesis that firm success increases the extent to which employees identify themselves with their company resulting in stronger in-group favoritism and a superior tendency to reject externally generated knowledge.

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Hussinger, Katrin ; Wastyn, Annelies (2011) In search for the not-invented-here syndrome : the role of knowledge sources and firm success. Open Access [Working paper]
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