The influence of corporate acquisitions on the behaviour of key inventors

Authors: Ernst, Holger1; Vitt, Jan2

Source: R&D Management, Volume 30, Number 2, April 2000 , pp. 105-120(16)

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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The behaviour of key inventors after the acquisition of their company is examined. Key inventors are identified on the basis of their patenting output. They account for a large number of their company’s high-quality patents. The analysis of 43 acquisitions shows that key inventors leave to a substantial extent their company or they significantly reduce their patenting performance after the acquisition. Factors influencing the behaviour of key inventors after acquisitions are identified. Implications for the effective management of acquisitions as well as suggestions for further research are outlined.

Document Type: Original Article


Affiliations: 1: Institute for Research in Innovation Management, Kiel University, Germany, 2: TCC The Consulting Company, D-61348 Bad Homburg, Germany

Publication date: April 1, 2000

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