Delerue, H., & Lejeune, A. (2010). Job mobility restriction mechanisms and appropriability in organizations: The mediating role of secrecy and lead time. Technovation, 30(5-6), 359-366.


This paper addresses the following question: does mobility restriction enhance the appropriability of R&D investments? And if so, how does this occur? We propose that mobility restriction mechanisms affect appropriability through their impact on secrecy and lead time. We test mediation hypotheses in a sample of biotechnology firms and discuss the implications for intellectual property protection strategies and human resource management.

Keywords: Mobility restriction; Secrecy; Lead time; Appropriability