Positive Organizational Outcomes Associated with a Penchant for Openness

TitlePositive Organizational Outcomes Associated with a Penchant for Openness
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsMcMillan, SG, Casey, DL
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Pagination799 - 812
Date Published9/2013
ISSN Number1471-5546
KeywordsCollaboration , data management , ENGINEERING , SCIENCE , University/Industry Collaboration
AbstractThe tension between scientific openness versus secrecy has existed for centuries (Hull ). However, both academics and practitioners have recently argued that openness by private firms has many positive attributes. The purpose of this research effort is to review the extant literature on openness and to develop hypotheses regarding its impact on organizational outcomes. We then use a unique database to test the idea with 87 companies. Our findings are that openness is beneficial to the firm from a science, technological, and financial perspective and, perhaps, to the employees from an ethical viewpoint. The managerial and societal implications are also discussed.
Short TitleSci Eng Ethics
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