Reverse knowledge diffusion: Competitive dynamics and the knowledge seeking behavior of Korean high-tech firms

Namgyoo K. Park, John Mezias, Jinju Lee, Jae Hoon Han

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This paper endeavors to enrich the existing knowledge acquisition literatures by specifically highlighting downsides of external ties of individuals. We introduce the concept of reverse knowledge diffusion (RKD) through external ties of individuals, and develop theoretical propositions to explain how the risks of RKD vary based on competitive dynamics and status of firms as innovation market leaders or market followers. We develop the construct of RKD to help explain why rivals may pursue contrasting knowledge seeking strategies with regards to leverage external ties of individuals, the timing of establishing these ties, and ex ante control mechanisms designed to regulate these relationships. We also discuss how our propositions advance the theory of knowledge seeking behaviors and generate future research opportunities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-375
Number of pages21
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Management
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014



  • Interpersonal network
  • Knowledge acquisition
  • Knowledge diffusion
  • Knowledge search
  • Reverse knowledge diffusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Strategy and Management

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