Department of Management

Ana Burcharth

Not-Invented-Here: How Institutionalized Socialization Practices Affect the Formation of Negative Attitudes Toward External Knowledge

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Management literature highlights several potential benefits of institutionalized socialization practices that attempt to increase cohesiveness among employees. This article posits that such practices might also contribute to a biased perception of internally generated knowledge and therefore to a greater reluctance to adopt external knowledge — enhancing the so-called not-invented-here (NIH) syndrome. Drawing on multi-informant survey data, the authors find that institutionalized socialization practices are associated with the NIH syndrome. This association is however muted in highly technologically specialized companies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIndustrial and Corporate Change
Pages (from-to)281-305
Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Research areas

  • socialization, employee attitudes, NIH syndrome, external knowledge flows

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