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Contracts in Avoiding Unintended Knowledge Spillovers in Supply Chains

Grönberg, Leevi (2023) Contracts in Avoiding Unintended Knowledge Spillovers in Supply Chains.

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Abstract:Entering into a collaborative innovation project with a supplier exposes focal firms for the risk of unintended knowledge spillovers. Firms use contracts to govern interorganisational relationships such as collaborative innovation projects with suppliers, however scholars have so far not given much attention to the effectiveness of specific contract designs in preventing unintended knowledge spillovers. This bachelor thesis aims to increase the understanding on the topic by answering the research question, which contractual clauses are used by firms to safeguard against unintended knowledge spillovers, to secure inbound knowledge spillovers, and how effective the contractual safeguards are as safeguards in terms of knowledge spillovers, by conducting a series of semi-structured interviews with managers participating in interfirm projects and analysing the qualitative data. The results show that despite the findings of previous studies noting the importance of adapting the contract design for the project, many managers tend to opt for more general contracts in terms of knowledge protection, and that some of them appear to fail to recognise the limitations of this type of contract design.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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