Managing the intellectual property disassembly problem
Journal article, 2013

This article deals with the intellectual property (IP) disassembly problem, which is an increasingly important problem in various contexts. The IP disassembly (IPD) problem is defined as the problem of finding a contractual arrangement for allocation of IP rights and licenses that allows for separating and disintegrating a business unit, company, project entity, or IP unit in order to enable a transaction, organizational transfer, or dissolution of it. Based on a comparative case study of corporate transactions of Saab Automobile and Volvo Car Corporation this article conceptualizes and characterizes the problem and then develops an IPD framework for managing it.

technology management

mergers and acquisitions



intellectual property

corporate transactions


Ove Granstrand

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Industrial Management and Economics

Marcus Holgersson

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Innovation and R&D Management

California Management Review

0008-1256 (ISSN)

Vol. 55 4 184-210

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Other Mechanical Engineering

Economics and Business

Business Administration

Law (excluding Law and Society)

Driving Forces

Innovation and entrepreneurship



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