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Value Appropriation Perspective in Collaboration Dynamics: An Agenda for Future Research


Jialei Yang and Pia Hurmelinna-Laukkanen

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The paper was published at the 34th IMP-conference in Marseille, France in 2018.


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The recently surged researches on the intersection of collaboration dynamics and value appropriation suffer from inconsistencies and from the lack of theoretical articulations as well as conceptual foundations. It is a challenge, as without being able to understand the roles that collaboration and appropriability play and the meaning of their connectedness, an attempt to manage collaborative value creation becomes burdened with flawed decision processes and misplaced activities. Our study aims to provide direction to address this gap. Based on a review of literature, we track the history of value appropriation research in relation to collaboration dynamics. We bring elements from network research into this consideration, and develop a framework linking network research and profiting from innovation, in particular. We find that although extant research has perceived value appropriation as closely related to the collaboration activity, it has failed to fully articulate the interactive dynamics in collaboration for value appropriation and the role of appropriation in network dynamics. Building on the observations, we propose important unaddressed research questions to help stimulate and guide future research in this frontier. In particular, we illustrate the scholarly potential of disentangling multi-actor network orchestration, of studying the process interactions between value appropriation and collaboration, and of exploring the leverage of collaboration for approaching goals.