Appropriation strategies and open innovation in SMEs

Freel, Mark Stephen and Robson, Paul (2017) Appropriation strategies and open innovation in SMEs. International Small Business Journal, 35 (5). pp. 578-596. ISSN 0266-2426

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Drawing upon data from the 5th UK innovation survey, our goal is to shed light on how management choices on the nature of appropriation relate to management choices on the degree of openness within SMEs. To this end, our findings indicate a threshold effect of both informal and formal appropriation mechanisms on the likelihood of engaging in both coupled and inbound open innovation. That is, an emphasis on appropriation appears to be important in shifting firms from a closed to an open strategy. There is, however, little evidence that either approach to appropriation increases the extent of open innovation. In this, only informal IP protection mechanisms associate with an increasing extent of inbound open innovation. The implications of our findings are discussed.

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International Small Business Journal
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