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Committee Composition and Networking in Standard Setting: The Case of Wireless Telecommunications

Committee Composition and Networking in Standard Setting: The Case of Wireless Telecommunications We examine factors behind firms' decisions to contribute to open standard setting. Our study highlights a novel explanation: firms seek to improve their positions in an interfirm cooperation network. In the wireless telecommunications standard‐setting organization we study, firms develop new technical specifications in small committees. Our panel data analyses demonstrate that interorganizational network connections influence firms' decisions to support committees. Additionally, firms are more likely to support committees when they are technologically distant from the firm that initiated the committee. We argue that standard setting presents opportunities for information exchange and for accessing complementary R&D assets through the cooperation network. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Economics & Management Strategy Wiley

Committee Composition and Networking in Standard Setting: The Case of Wireless Telecommunications

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Wiley
Copyright
"Copyright © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc."
ISSN
1058-6407
eISSN
1530-9134
DOI
10.1111/jems.12044
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Abstract

We examine factors behind firms' decisions to contribute to open standard setting. Our study highlights a novel explanation: firms seek to improve their positions in an interfirm cooperation network. In the wireless telecommunications standard‐setting organization we study, firms develop new technical specifications in small committees. Our panel data analyses demonstrate that interorganizational network connections influence firms' decisions to support committees. Additionally, firms are more likely to support committees when they are technologically distant from the firm that initiated the committee. We argue that standard setting presents opportunities for information exchange and for accessing complementary R&D assets through the cooperation network.

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Journal of Economics & Management StrategyWiley

Published: Mar 1, 2014

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