Organizing for Innovation: Managing the Coordination-autonomy Dilemma in Technology Acquisitions

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Large, established firms acquiring small, technology-based firms must manage them so as to both exploit their capabilities and technologies in a coordinated way and foster their exploration capacity by preserving their autonomy. We suggest that acquirers can resolve this coordination-autonomy dilemma by recognizing that the effect of structural form on innovation outcomes depends on the developmental stage of acquired firms’ innovation trajectories. Structural integration decreases the likelihood of introducing new products for firms that have not launched products before being acquired and for all firms immediately after acquisition, but these effects disappear as innovation trajectories evolve.

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@inproceedings{Puranam2006OrganizingFI, title={Organizing for Innovation: Managing the Coordination-autonomy Dilemma in Technology Acquisitions}, author={Phanish Puranam and Harbir Singh}, year={2006} }