The Emerging Knowledge Governance Approach within Open Innovation: Its Antecedent Factors and Interior Mechanism

Hongli Wang, Zhenglong Peng, Feng Gu


The “knowledge governance approach” is characterized as an emerging approach that cuts across the fields of
knowledge management within open innovation and adjusts mutual behavior that parties taking participate in
open innovation to be expected. The paper proposed that knowledge governance approach is positively related to
open innovation, and then the research has explored the antecedent factors and working mechanism of
knowledge governance within open innovation based on Grounded Theory. By way of literature analysis and
qualitative research (deeply discussion numbered 27), the paper has derived four dimension of knowledge
governance (knowledge property, knowledge activity parties, the exogenous and endogenous context of
knowledge activity) and the categories of each dimension. The paper has considered that the knowledge
governance is formed by the interplay between interactive value creation process at the knowledge
property-level and cooperation unity achieving process at the knowledge activity parties-level. We develop two
theoretical models, while one is for explaining the antecedent factors of knowledge governance within open
innovation, the other is for explaining the mediating role of knowledge governance in the relationship between
knowledge property and knowledge activity parties level antecedents. The paper has strengthened the function of
quantitative research, and will be helpful in open innovation theory and practice.

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