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Title

Knowledge-acquisitions and post-acquisition innovation performance: A comparative hazards model

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2015

Department

Computer Information Systems

Abstract

Do acquisitions lead to instrumental innovations related to the acquired knowledge? Past arguments on vertical integration espouse how a quest for knowledge drives acquisitions culminating in innovation performance. Using Google and Yahoo as cases-in-point, we examine how facets of acquired innovation knowledge impact post-innovation performance. In particular, the apparently opposing fortunes of Google and Yahoo allow us to investigate the pace of their innovation performance as a hazards model. Results from our investigation highlight Google's ambidexterity over Yahoo with a swifter, systematic pace of innovation performance - from hastening time to patenting new ideas to the time to releasing new applications from acquisitions.