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Stuart Macdonald

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780199241477

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199241477.001.0001

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Resistance to Information: The Organization and the Independent Inventor

Resistance to Information: The Organization and the Independent Inventor

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Information for Innovation

Stuart Macdonald

Oxford University Press

This chapter explains how organizations resist information from external sources. It starts with an elaboration of the not-invented-here (NIH) syndrome, the condition in which organizations reject external information gathered from external sources. Relating to the appearance of NIH syndrome is the refusal of organizations to recognize independent inventors who may offer chances to promote great innovations and change the way organizations operate. The chapter then discusses how different government policies in different countries support independent inventors, including the patent system. It ends by citing how independent inventors can innovate things that ‘big organizations’ have provided for ‘big science’.

Keywords:   NIH syndrome, independent inventor, external information, information resistance, public domain, patent system, government policy

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