nep-knm New Economics Papers
on Knowledge Management and Knowledge Economy
Issue of 2020‒11‒23
two papers chosen by
Laura Ştefănescu
Centrul European de Studii Manageriale în Administrarea Afacerilor

  1. Knowledge Diffusion and Morality: Why do we Freely Share Valuable Information with Strangers? By Ayoubi, Charles; Thurm, Boris
  2. Guidelines on designing, implementing and evaluating open innovation activities By Antoine Blanchard; Hélène Schwalm

  1. By: Ayoubi, Charles; Thurm, Boris
    Abstract: Technology enables individuals, scientists, and organizations to share valuable data and knowledge in new ways, not possible before. Scholars are divided on how this phenomenon emerges, especially among strangers. The classical homo oeconomicus type of preference does not provide an explanation for this behavior. If individuals were simply self-centered, they would choose to keep for themselves the valuable information they hold, especially in the absence of any contract or guarantee of reciprocity. In this paper, we explain why some individuals are willing to share valuable knowledge at their own cost by crafting a model with heterogeneously-moral individuals involved in a sharing social dilemma. Our model builds on the recent literature showing that moral incentives are favored by evolution theoretically and have a strong explanatory power empirically. Our analysis highlights the limit of financial incentives, and the importance of promoting a sharing culture by enhancing awareness. Shedding light on how people respond not only to financial but also moral incentives, we contribute to the ongoing policy debate on the design of efficient open science policies.
    Date: 2020–10–21
  2. By: Antoine Blanchard (UB - Université de Bordeaux); Hélène Schwalm (UB - Université de Bordeaux)
    Date: 2020–09–22

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