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Title: "Social Capital for Hire? Mobility of Technical Professionals and Firm Influence in Wireless Standards Committees"
Authors: Gina Dokko Department of Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Lori Rosenkopf Department of Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Source: Organization Science, Volume 21 Issue 3 (May-June, 2010), pp. 677-695
Publication Date: September 28 2009
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Abstract: The ability to influence standards is important to firm performance in many technology-based industries. In these industries, standards setting committees provide a context for coordinated action to ensure compatibility for network technologies and to set the future direction of technological development. Yet the coordination of action amongst competitors is somewhat problematic. Firms actively try to influence the standards adopted by the industry in order to favor their own intellectual property or competencies, and firms that are more central in these committees are better able to influence the standards adopted by the industry. At the same time, firms in this context are explicitly represented by individuals, who have personal attributes and relationships that are distinct from those of the firm. This distinction is particularly important when the individual changes firms.
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