Why should we investigate knowledge risks incidents? Lessons from four cases

Stefan Thalmann, Ilona Ilvonen

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In a knowledge-based economy, knowledge has become the most important source for competitive advantage. Thus, organizations spend more attention on the protection of knowledge and also research on knowledge protection has gained increasing attention in the past years. However, knowledge protection research mainly focuses on the design of preventive measures and little is published about real incidents or reactive measures. Learning from failure and from incidents is important to improve current practice. This paper reflects on four cases of real knowledge risk incidents. We discuss ways to prevent or delay knowledge spillovers and the importance of knowing the threats in order to prevent them. In addition to preventive measures, we highlight that companies need to have reactive measures in place. Finally, based on our insights we discuss why analyzing incidents in addition to identified threats is important for practice as well as academia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9981331-3-3
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventHawaii International Conference on System Sciences - , United States
Duration: 7 Jan 202010 Jan 2020


ConferenceHawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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