Lifting the veil on patents and inventions: Implications for strategy research
|Dates:||16 May 2016|
|Times:||13:30 - 14:30|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||Manchester Institute of Innovation Research|
|Venue opening hours:||1.30-2.30pm (coffee from 1pm)|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
Patent data is a valued source of information in many areas of strategy research.
However, as patents result from within-firm selection processes, patent-based studies may suffer from sample selection bias.
We draw on rich qualitative data and a novel, proprietary dataset of all 40,000 invention disclosures within a large multinational firm,
only some of which were patented, to explore the magnitude of this issue.
After examining how firm-internal selection may lead to patentable inventions being shelved, kept secret, or rejected, we replicate,
controlling for firm-internal selection, two prominent patent-based studies on inventor teams and the distribution of inventive outcomes,
and on inventor experience and creativity. We find that accounting for selection both reaffirms and challenges past work, and discuss implications for past and future research.
Role: Associate Professor
Organisation: The Business School, Imperial College, Lonodn
Travel and Contact Information
G8, Ground Floor
Alliance Manchester Business School West
Booth Street West