Technical Knowledge Seeking in a Young and Growing Technology-Based Firm: Incentives and Direction
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2004

The purpose of the paper is to investigate technical knowledge-seeking activities in young and growing technology-based firms. Changes in technical knowledge-seeking activities were traced using a single illustrative case study of a young and growing technology-based firm. The results of the study show how strong commitment to the business concept of the emerging firm affected the direction of technical knowledge-seeking in a way that increases the vulnerability of the firm. New employees who were not as familiar with or committed to the original business concept brought with them different incentives for knowledge-seeking, which lead to search in new directions. These knowledge-seeking activities were important for the renewal of the firm's knowledge base. It is therefore suggested that differences in individual incentives may affect the direction of technical knowledge-seeking activities, and correspondingly, that multiple incentives are an important source of diversity in technical knowledge creation.


Rögnvaldur J. Saemundsson

Chalmers, Institutionen för industriell dynamik

International Journal of Innovation Management

1363-9196 (ISSN)

Vol. 8 4 399-429


Ekonomi och näringsliv

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