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Ana Burcharth

Not-Invented-Here: How Socialization Practices Affect Negative Attitudes To External Knowledge

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The management literature has highlighted several potential benefits of socialization practices within companies. By contrast, this paper posits that socialization practices, by fostering a higher degree of company identity, contribute to generate a greater reluctance to the adoption of external knowledge, the so-called Not-Invented-Here (NIH) syndrome. Drawing on multi-informant survey data of small and medium-sized Danish enterprises, the paper finds that socialization practices are an important driver of the NIH syndrome with such an effect being attenuated in technologically highly specialized companies, but particularly aggravated in technologically sophisticated ones.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2011
Number of pages39
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventAcademy of Management Annual Meeting - San Antonio, United States
Duration: 12 Aug 201116 Aug 2011


ConferenceAcademy of Management Annual Meeting
CountryUnited States
CitySan Antonio

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