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A dynamic view on secrecy management

Bos, B., Broekhuizen, T. L. J. & de Faria, P., Dec-2015, In : Journal of Business Research. 68, 12, p. 2619-2627 9 p.

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Purpose - The current study provides a literature review on secrecy as mechanism for appropriating value from innovation. It synthesizes previous findings into a framework that can explain the advantages of exercising secrecy versus patenting. It also examines the management lifecycle of secrecy. Design/methodology/approach - It takes a dynamic perspective and suggests a four-stage secrecy management lifecycle: creation of secret, installation of preventive mechanisms, protection and exploitation, and minimization of leakage. Findings - Based on the four stages, the study highlights under-researched areas, and develops a future research agenda for secrecy management. Originality/value - Despite the managerial and academic relevance of this topic, extant research does not offer a comprehensive framework for the concept of secrecy. This study provides a dynamic perspective to highlight the important aspects of secrecy management during the lifecycle of secrets. (C) 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2619-2627
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Business Research
Volume68
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec-2015

    Keywords

  • Secrecy, Innovation, Appropriability, Secrecy management lifecycle, RESEARCH-AND-DEVELOPMENT, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, EMPIRICAL-EVIDENCE, TRADE SECRETS, FIRMS, INNOVATION, PATENTS, KNOWLEDGE, APPROPRIABILITY

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