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Article: Entry into insular domains: A longitudinal study of knowledge structuration and innovation in biotechnology firms

TitleEntry into insular domains: A longitudinal study of knowledge structuration and innovation in biotechnology firms
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Issue Date2008
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Journal Of Management Studies, 2008, v. 45 n. 8, p. 1448-1474 How to Cite?
AbstractWe focus on the firm's decision to enter insular technology domains and its effect on the impact that its subsequent innovation has on the field. Insular domains are technical domains that rely heavily on prior innovations within the same domain for subsequent innovations. We show that the returns to entering insular domains vary with the firm's depth and breadth of knowledge. By analysing data from 128 biotechnology firms over a 20-year period, we find that the relationship between depth of technological capabilities and technology impact is nuanced: depth is necessary but not sufficient for high impact innovation. Firms whose knowledge is spread over disparate domains have negative returns from entering insular domains. The implications of these findings for theories of innovation and the discovery of entrepreneurial opportunities are discussed. © Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2008.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/178017
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2015 Impact Factor: 4.26
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 4.931
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dc.contributor.authorGeorge, Gen_US
dc.contributor.authorKotha, Ren_US
dc.contributor.authorZheng, Yen_US
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dc.date.available2012-12-19T09:41:17Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Management Studies, 2008, v. 45 n. 8, p. 1448-1474en_US
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dc.description.abstractWe focus on the firm's decision to enter insular technology domains and its effect on the impact that its subsequent innovation has on the field. Insular domains are technical domains that rely heavily on prior innovations within the same domain for subsequent innovations. We show that the returns to entering insular domains vary with the firm's depth and breadth of knowledge. By analysing data from 128 biotechnology firms over a 20-year period, we find that the relationship between depth of technological capabilities and technology impact is nuanced: depth is necessary but not sufficient for high impact innovation. Firms whose knowledge is spread over disparate domains have negative returns from entering insular domains. The implications of these findings for theories of innovation and the discovery of entrepreneurial opportunities are discussed. © Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2008.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
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dc.titleEntry into insular domains: A longitudinal study of knowledge structuration and innovation in biotechnology firmsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailZheng, Y: yzheng@business.hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1467-6486.2008.00805.xen_US
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