Course Information

Course Number

346

Credits

3

Area of Study & Practice

  • Business Organization and Finance
  • Commercial Transactions and Bankruptcy

Intellectual Capital and Competitive Strategy

In the majority of industries—and especially in R&D intensive industries like computers, semiconductors, software and biotech—competitive advantage relies critically upon a firm’s management of the knowledge and know-how underpinning its product and process innovation. This course will consider how firms should manage and protect this intellectual capital. We will examine the management of intellectual capital from the vantage point of different types of firms—from start-ups to large incumbents—operating in different market environments. We will consider how firms should protect their intellectual capital, using not only patents, but lead time advantages, complementary marketing and manufacturing capabilities and secrecy, and extract value from their intellectual capital through commercialization and licensing. We will also consider when firms should share their intellectual capital with other firms—even rivals, and how firms should go about acquiring the intellectual capital of others. Building upon the research literatures of economics, organizational behavior, management, and the law, the course will have particular focus on technology intensive industries such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, computers, semiconductors, software and telecommunications.


Strategy 339


Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.

Sections/Instructors

Wesley Cohen
Intellectual Capital and Competitive Strategy 346.01
Fall 2013

Wesley Cohen
Intellectual Capital and Competitive Strategy 346.01
Spring 2013
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Wesley Cohen
Intellectual Capital and Competitive Strategy 346.401
Spring 2012
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Wesley Cohen
Intellectual Capital and Competitive Strategy 346.401
Spring 2011
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Wesley Cohen
Intellectual Capital and Competitive Strategy 346.401
Spring 2010
cross-listed with Fuqua. STRATEGY 339

Wesley Cohen
Intellectual Capital and Competitive Strategy 346.401
Spring 2009
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cross-listed with Fuqua: STRATEGY 339

Wesley Cohen
Intellectual Capital and Competitive Strategy 346.401
Spring 2008
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Wesley Cohen
Intellectual Capital and Competitive Strategy 346.401
Spring 2007
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Intellectual Capital and Competitive Strategy 346.201
Fall 2005

Intellectual Capital and Competitive Strategy 346.401
Spring 2005

Wesley Cohen
Intellectual Capital and Competitive Strategy 346.01
Spring 2004