Title

Learning from what others have learned from you : the effects of knowledge spillovers on originating firms

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

The Academy of Management Journal

Publication Date

4-1-2010

Volume

53

Issue

2

First Page

371

Last Page

389

Publisher

Academy of Management

Keywords

Learning, Telecommunication, Knowledge Management, Competitive Advantage, Business Planning, Organizational Behavior, Kodak Camera

Abstract

Although research suggests knowledge spillovers often benefit imitators at the expense of originators, we investigate how originating firms may also benefit from their own spillovers. When an originating firm's spillovers are recombined with complementary knowledge by recipient firms, a spillover knowledge pool is formed, containing opportunities for the originator to learn vicariously from recipients. In a longitudinal study of 87 telecommunications manufacturers, we found that a firm's rate of innovation and the extent to which these innovations integrate knowledge from the spillover knowledge pool is greater when this pool is larger in size and similar to the firm's knowledge base.

DOI

10.5465/AMJ.2010.49389018

Print ISSN

00014273

E-ISSN

19303807

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Recommended Citation

Yang, H., Phelps, C., & Steensma, H. K. (2010). Learning from what others have learned from you : the effects of knowledge spillovers on originating firms. Academy of Management Journal, 53(2), 371-389. doi: 10.5465/AMJ.2010.49389018