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Death hurts, but it isn't fatal: The postexit diffusion of knowledge created by innovative companies

There is little understanding of whether a firm's innovative knowledge dies with it or if instead significant diffusion of knowledge occurs even after a firm exits an industry. Theoretical predictions about the differing effects of firm exit on private and public knowledge and implications for interfirm knowledge transfer are forwarded. We investigated main and moderating effects of a firm's exit from the disk drive industry on knowledge diffusion to other firms, finding evidence that the ability to use a firm as a template plays a critical role in successfully replicating its knowledge. Absent this template, knowledge "stickiness" reduces knowledge diffusion.


Hoetker, G., Agarwal, R, "Death hurts, but it isn't fatal: The postexit diffusion of knowledge created by innovative companies", Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 50, No. 2, April, 2007. View and download

A faustian bargain? The growth of management and its relationship with related disciplines


In an effort to respond to concerns regarding academic rigor expressed in the 1950s, management researchers turned to more established disciplines to help develop a stronger intellectual climate. We examine the evolution of management research over the past 25 years, with a focus on its relationship with the related disciplines of economics, psychology, and sociology. Using citation data for all Academy of Management Journal articles published between 1980 and 2005, we document the temporal changes in disciplinary interlinkages. We discuss the implications of these findings for the current and future state of our field.

Agarwal, R, Hoetker, G., "A faustian bargain? The growth of management and its relationship with related disciplines. Academy of Management Journal 50(6): 1304-1322" View and download