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Collaboration without risk: How the most innovative SMEs protect critical knowledge in joint innovation activities with partners

©2014 Textbook 101 Pages

Summary

For small firms, knowledge leakage, loss and theft are counted among the greatest risks in inter-firm collaborations. SMEs are more vulnerable, because they suffer from a number of structural disadvantages when collaborating with larger companies, and yet, they need to collaborate with external partners to overcome their lack of resources.Therefore, this study investigates how SMEs can most effectively protect critical knowledge in collaborations with external partners, for that they can prevent knowledge loss, leakage and theft, while maximizing the performance of the collaboration.This book derives valuable insights for practice and theory through a comprehensive review of existing literature and a collection and analysis of experiences from Germany’s most innovative and successful SMEs.

Details

Pages
101
Type of Edition
Erstausgabe
Year
2014
ISBN (eBook)
9783954897063
ISBN (Softcover)
9783954892068
File size
3.8 MB
Language
English
Publication date
2014 (January)
Keywords
Knowledge theft Knowledge protection Collaboration SMEs Innovation
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Title: Collaboration without risk: How the most innovative SMEs protect critical knowledge in joint innovation activities with partners