Rahul Kapoor

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The success of an innovating firm often depends on the efforts of other innovators in its environment. How do the challenges faced by external innovators affect the focal firm’s outcomes? To address this question we first characterize the external environment according to the structure of interdependence. We follow the flow of inputs and outputs in the(More)
When collecting and combining data from various sources into a data warehouse, ensuring high data quality and consistency becomes a significant, often expensive, challenge. Common data quality problems include inconsistent data conventions amongst sources such as different abbreviations or synonyms; data entry errors such as spelling mistakes; missing,(More)
Component based software development (CBSD) has been established in the development of automotive real-time embedded applications at Bosch. CBSD together with software product line (SPL) practice has improved software reuse, productivity, quality and complexity management, by raising the level of abstraction for software constructions and by sharing(More)
A stylized model of industry evolution suggests that an industry is initially dominated by vertically integrated firms and over time, it transforms into a vertically specialized structure. Many industries, however, are characterized by a continued persistence of integrated firms despite a trend towards disintegration. In exploring this puzzle, I draw on(More)
Why do some new technologies emerge and immediately supplant incumbent technologies while others take years or decades to takeoff? We explore this question through a framework that weighs the emergence challenges that need to be overcome by a new technology against the extension opportunities that are available to the old technology. We consider both the(More)
Product innovations are often enabled by changes in components. We examine how firms' ability to manage such changes depends on their governance strategies, their knowledge of components, and the nature of technological change. Using data on all firms in the DRAM industry across 12 technology transitions from 1974 to 2005, we find that vertically(More)
We study the process of how firms access basic research and translate this into applied research. Drawing on basic research, firms develop higher quality technologies and develop these technologies more intensely internally. Critical in this process are boundary crossing inventors – inventors that access basic research by active involvement in basic(More)
The emergence of radical technologies presents a significant challenge to incumbent firms. We study firms’ management of radical technological change by separating their actions into upstream research (the “R” of R&D) and downstream development (the “D” of R&D). We introduce two contingencies to explain when incumbents’ research investments in radical(More)
This paper investigates how spinoffs affect capital allocation decisions in diversified firms. The sensitivity of capital expenditures to investment opportunities, representing the efficiency of capital allocation decisions, improves when firms undertake spinoffs. The improvement in the efficiency of capital allocation decisions is most pronounced(More)