Management governance and intellectual property: electronic publishing in the UK.

Tang, Puay and Von Tunzelmann, Nick (2000) Management governance and intellectual property: electronic publishing in the UK. Journal of Management and Governance, 4 (4). pp. 299-318. ISSN 13853457

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Intellectual property issues have been formulated mostly in terms of legal and regulatory aspects. In the case of electronic publishing, as with a number of other technology-based industries, there has been concern on the part of government and international bodies to tighten intellectual property rights (IPRs). On the basis of a survey of smaller electronic publishing firms in the UK, we find that such tightening of IPRs has little support from them. Instead, they voice concern that intensified regulation, whatever it gains for them in revenues, could alter the whole structure of the industry in ways very unfavourable to them. The survey reveals that their main concerns are, instead, directed at the kind of issues portrayed in the recent literature on "dynamic capabilities". In this literature, the extent of replicability is central to the provision of IPRs. We find that policy-makers see electronic publishing as an instance of 'easy replicability', thus warranting tougher IPRs, whereas the industry itself sees replicability as considerably harder, because of dependence on internal capabilities generated within firms. Changes in governance need to relate more closely to management capabilities.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Puay Tang
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:15
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2012 22:06
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