Collaborations between startups and established firms: Intellectual property protection and engagement programs
Embargoed until 2025-09-22
- Doctoral Thesis
Collaborations between startups and established firms are a double-edged sword – they hold enormous potential for value creation, but can lead to value misappropriation. In this dissertation, I examine two critical factors which determine the value creation and appropriation in such collaborations: (1) identifying suitable collaborators and (2) misappropriation of startups’ intellectual property (IP). The following three essays, which form the core of this dissertation, rest on a qualitative methodology, principally the use of case studies. Essay C concerns itself with factor (1). In detail, I study engagement programs for startups and established firms that aim to ease the initiation phase of collaboration. I analyze so-called corporate accelerator programs which share a strategic approach to supply chain management. The results show how these programs identify and match potential collaborators in a way which aids mutual value creation. Essays A and B consider factor (2). Specifically, Essay A develops a data-grounded process model for how startups create their IP protection strategies. In contrast to the IP protection strategies of established firms, startups’ protection strategies are volatile and co-evolve with the collaboration. In rare cases, startups even change their entire strategy. Essay B examines the potential of novel blockchain applications for IP protection. I explain the setup, scope, and limitations of existing blockchain-based IP protection tools and discuss how the tools can contribute to protection strategies. Show more
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