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Disentangling the Complexity of Early-Stage Technology Acquisitions

Ford, SJ and Mortara, L and Probert, DR Disentangling the Complexity of Early-Stage Technology Acquisitions. Research-Technology Management, 55. pp. 40-48. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

While tools have been developed to assist firms' decision making for bringing known products and components into the supply chain, fewer tools are available to guide the acquisition of earlier-stage technologies, which is a riskier proposition due to higher technological and market uncertainties. Through synthesis of literature in technology sourcing, open innovation, alliances, mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing, and technology and knowledge transfer and consultation with industry, this paper identifies critical issues that decision makers should consider before making an early-stage technology acquisition. Sixteen questions emerge to guide decision making, comprising internal, technology, and partner assessments. These questions allow a firm to disentangle the complexity of early-stage technology acquisitions and select the most appropriate targets.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div E > Strategy and Policy
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:29
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2014 01:20
DOI: 10.5437/08956308X5503048

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