Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/175364
Authors: 
Wagner, Stefan
Goossen, Martin C.
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
ESMT Working Paper 18-01
Abstract: 
We link the hiring of R&D scientists from industry competitors to the subsequent formation of collaborative agreements, namely technology-oriented alliances. By transferring technological knowledge as well as cognitive elements to the hiring firm, mobile inventors foster the alignment of decision frames applied by potential alliance partners in the process of alliance formation thereby making collaboration more likely. Using data on inventor mobility and alliance formation amongst 42 global pharmaceutical firms over 16 years, we show that inventor mobility is positively associated with the likelihood of alliance formation in periods following inventor movements. This relationship becomes more pronounced if these employees bring additional knowledge about their prior firm's technological capabilities and for alliances aimed at technology development rather than for agreements related to technology transfer. It is weakened, however, if the focal firm is already familiar with the competitor's technological capabilities. By revealing these relationships, our study contributes to research on alliance formation, employee mobility, and organizational frames.
Subjects: 
inventor mobility
alliance formation
interfirm collaboration
technological capabilities
pharmaceuticals
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Working Paper

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