AI-enabled open innovation: How partner trustworthiness mitigates knowledge hiding between organisations

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Wednesday 20 March 2024

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


CC2.1, TechnoCentre, Puma Way , Coventry, CV1 2TT

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This seminar explores how rivals’ absorptive capacity influences AI capability development, mediated by open innovation, while considering the impact of interorganisational knowledge hiding.


This study investigates the pivotal role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in shaping the competitive landscape of businesses. By 2025, AI, which has been described as a transformative force in business value creation and delivery, is anticipated to account for more than half of company tasks. While current research focuses primarily on specific AI applications and their operational effects, there is a growing academic sentiment urging a shift toward understanding the evolution of AI capabilities and how they create competitive advantages.

AI capability, which is characterised by the alignment of tangible resources and human skills, remains an underexplored area, particularly in the context of open innovation. Open innovation, which is rooted in external knowledge management, has become increasingly intertwined with AI, advocating that businesses must not only rely on internal resources, but also collaborate externally. The fear of AI-induced unemployment among employees, which leads to knowledge-hiding behaviours, presents a significant obstacle.

Most current research ignores the interorganisational perspective, isolating knowledge hidden within organisations. This study aims to bridge this gap by examining the potential detrimental effects of interorganisational knowledge hiding on the development of AI capabilities. Using a dual theoretical lens of Competitive Dynamics and Transaction Cost Theory, this study examines how rivals' absorptive capacities, open innovation, and knowledge concealment interact to influence AI capability development, offering an empirical approach utilising structural equation modelling.


Huynh is a scholar with a solid background in entrepreneurship and management. At the Centre for Business in Society at Coventry University, Huynh is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship. He has led important research projects, contributed significantly to the academic community, and integrated important research findings into the development of curricula.

Huynh's leadership role as the Deputy Director of the International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship strengthened their operational management, team performance, and strategic planning expertise.

Prior to assuming these positions, Huynh was affiliated with Bournemouth University, where he oversaw entrepreneurial research and policy projects and worked to advance the university's entrepreneurial initiatives. Huynh is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a committee member of the Continental Network of the British Academy of Management.

His research on AI-driven open innovation and university spin-offs has been published in prestigious academic journals. In addition, Huynh's impressive list of grants demonstrates a consistent dedication to fostering innovation and scholastic excellence.