As part of our profiles of TIM people, let us introduce Said Matr of U. Carlos III de Madrid which is in a big city that is the capital of Spain. Said, so…

What are your research interests right now?

As a young scholar with the energy, the desire, and the flexibility, I am interested in multiple disciplines. In general terms, my research interest includes technology and innovation management, human capital management and labor mobility, optimization models, and the decision making process. Currently, I am working on researches lie at the intersection of innovation management and strategy. I always try to look at the innovation process from a strategic perspective. I am working on a paper linking innovation aspect, open innovation, with a labor economics and labor mobility. I am interested in the firm’s engagement in transactions in the markets for technology from a strategic point of view.

What do you think is your most exciting contribution to academia?

I think that the multidisciplinary nature of my research is one of my current favorite qualities of my research. The most exciting contribution of my research is the link between open innovation phenomenon and the markets for technology. In one of my studies, I explore the potential of the markets for ideas as an outlet to explain, partially, the firm’s decision to open up their innovation model. Another contribution that I think is exciting is the exploration of the effect of outbound open innovation on the inventor mobility.

At the 2019 Conference you won the TIM Best Paper Award. Tell us about the paper and why you think its findings are important.

In the paper titled “Sharing is Caring: Outbound Open Innovation and the Subsequent Innovation Process”, we study the firm’s decision to open its IP strategy and give up the exclusivity right. We argue that this decision, which seems to be at odds with the resource-based theory, can be incentivized by the firm’s ability to internalize the spillovers resulting from its outbound openness. The internalization can take place by bringing the others’ inventions using the liberated knowledge to the firm’s R&D lab. One of the paper’s contributions is to suggest that tradings in the markets for technology can serve as a mean for the internalization of the firm’s IP strategy outbound openness externalities. In the second part of the paper, we explore the effects of such decision at the industry level, in terms of the innovation output and type, market structure characteristics, as well as on innovation trading activities in the markets for technology.  

Not only have firms started to acknowledge the importance of inbound open innovation, but also the outbound open innovation is becoming more common. Therefore, understanding the consequences of the outbound openness activities and disentangling it from the inbound openness are crucial for understanding the open innovation phenomenon.

Tell us something personal about yourself.

My hobbies include soccer (surprisingly, playing and watching), tennis, books, movies, and conversations with interesting people. I believe meeting international people is the closest to traveling to their various home countries, which makes it an efficient way to explore the world (especially, for lazy people).

Thanks Said!

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