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Learning from what others have learned from you : the effects of knowledge spillovers on originating firms
The Academy of Management Journal
  • Hongyan YANG, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Corey PHELPS
  • H. Kevin STEENSMA, University of Washington, United States
Document Type
Journal article
Publication Date
4-1-2010
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
E-ISSN
19303807
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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