Digitalization combined with Organizational Process Innovation. The solution to the risk of Industrial Espionage?
In this research the focus is on the added value of organizational process innovation as representative of tacit knowledge combined with the effects of digitalization on the risk of industrial espionage. The research objective of this master thesis is investigated by answering the following leading research question: What is the influence of digitalization and organizational process innovation on the risk of industrial espionage and to what extent does organizational process innovation together with digitalization reduce the risk of industrial espionage? There are three hypotheses: 1. Digitalization in a firm will have a positive relationship with the probability of becoming a target of industrial espionage, 2. Organizational process innovation will have a negative relationship with the probability of becoming a target of industrial espionage, and 3. Digitalization combined with organizational process innovation does have a significant influence on the probability of becoming a target of industrial espionage. This research is executed on the basis of a mixed methods study. Quantitative research in the form of a logistic regression is done by using the EMS database of 2015. Qualitative research is used to gain insight into how relationships between the variables work. Eight interviews are held in Dutch manufacturing companies.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen