External technology integration in product and process development

Gregory N. Stock, Mohan V. Tatikonda

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This paper empirically examines the process of acquiring technology from a source, external to the firm, and incorporating it into a new product or operational process under development. We refer to this key activity in product and process innovation as external technology integration. This paper develops a conceptual model of external technology integration based on organizational information processing theory and a wide range of technology management literature. Field interviews were conducted to evaluate the validity of the model across diverse settings. Our results indicate general support for the conceptual model. We close with a discussion of the implications of this study for both theory and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)642-665
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Operations and Production Management
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Information management
  • Product development
  • Product technology
  • Project management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Decision Sciences
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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