Managing the intellectual property disassembly problem
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 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, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Industriell organisation och ekonomi

Marcus Holgersson

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Innovation and R&D Management

California Management Review

0008-1256 (ISSN)

Vol. 55 4


Produktionsteknik, arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi

Annan maskinteknik

Ekonomi och näringsliv


Juridik (exklusive juridik och samhälle)


Innovation och entreprenörskap