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Business - Written Friday, October 2, 2009 by Kevin Morris - 1 Comment
“Contrary to the view that companies lose something when a worker leaves, the study found that they stood to gain. Specifically, firms that lost an employee to another firm were 8% more likely to cite that firm than other equivalent firms, Rosenkopf says. The reverse flow of knowledge was particularly pronounced when the employee moved to another region. Then the old firm was 22% more likely to cite the new firm. The outbound mobility effect held even when the researchers controlled for other factors that could influence patent citations, such as hiring, alliances and technological similarities between firms.”
- New communication channels may be established between the old and new firms
- Colleagues from the old firm gain an increased awareness of the new firm as a resource for knowledge
“When people are viewed strictly as ‘human capital’, the departure of an employee results in the former employer’s loss of that person’s intellect and talent, and the corresponding gain of those same valuable attributes for the company doing the hiring…But Rosenkopf says the picture is different when employees are viewed in terms of ‘social capital’. Workers aren’t just silos of knowledge and skill onto themselves, but rather are part of social networks of workers from various firms.”
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- More on the Eco-Patent Commons
- Big Tech Companies Form Patent Alliance, and are Corporations the Future of Government?
- Learning from the Nano (the car, not the iPod)
- Balancing the rights of corporations and society.
- Eco-Patent Commons: Opening up IP to help save the environment.
- How the software business is like the media business
- A Wikinomics approach to the patent system