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Publication Date

Fall 2017


Charles Weber

Course Title

Communication and Team Building

Course Number

ETM 522/622


Knowledge management, Information resources management, Organizational effectiveness, Communication in organizations


Not Invented Here syndrome has many negative effects on the performance of companies. However, there are several ways companies can work to overcome NIH syndrome. Some of the most important aspects when it comes to identifying and overcoming NIH syndrome include performance and communication, optimal performance and tenure, the absorptive capacity paradox, intra-organizational communication, experience with external knowledge, and poorly balanced incentive systems. NIH syndrome typically begins when a company feels that their identity is threatened and therefore they reject information from other companies or organizations. The focus of this paper is to address the manifestations, causes, and consequences of NIH syndrome.


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