Not invented here
Not invented here (NIH) is: the tendency to avoid using or buying products, research, standards, or knowledge from external origins. It is usually adopted by social, corporate, or institutional cultures. Research illustrates a strong bias against ideas from the outside.
The reasons for not wanting to use the work of others are varied, but can include a desire to support a local economy instead of paying royalties to a foreign license-holder, fear of patent infringement, lack of understanding of the foreign work, an unwillingness to acknowledge or value the work of others, jealousy, belief perseverance, or forming part of a wider turf war. As a social phenomenon, this tendency can manifest itself as an unwillingness to adopt an idea or product because it originates from another culture, a form of tribalism and/or an inadequate effort in choosing the right approach for the business.
In computer programming, "NIH syndrome" refers to the belief that in-house developments are inherently better suited, more secure, more controlled, quicker to develop, and incur lower overall cost (including maintenance cost) than using existing implementations.
- Appeal to spite
- Association fallacy
- De facto standard
- Editor wars
- Endowment effect – ascribing higher value to what is one's own
- Galápagos syndrome
- Genetic fallacy
- IKEA effect
- In-group favoritism
- Invented here – opposite. Not invented there (NIT)
- List of cognitive biases
- Reinventing the wheel
- Wishful thinking
- You aren't gonna need it (YAGNI)
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