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On the explanation of horizontal, vertical and cross-sector R&D partnerships - Evidence for the German industrial sector


Backes-Gellner, U; Maass, F; Werner, A (2005). On the explanation of horizontal, vertical and cross-sector R&D partnerships - Evidence for the German industrial sector. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 5(1/2):103-116.

Abstract

This paper investigates the determinants of inter-firm cooperation in
research and development (R&D). We analyse the impact of structural and firm
specific characteristics, market performance, access to resources and managerial
techniques on different types of inter-firm R&D cooperation. Based on a survey
of 886 enterprises in manufacturing and industry/business-related services
located in Germany, we estimate several models with different types of R&D
partnerships as a dependent variable to find out which types of enterprises are
more or less likely to form or join either type of R&D partnership. The findings
suggest that the availability and the quality of a firm’s own R&D resources are
common factors driving R&D cooperation in general. Differentiating between
cooperation activities in R&D among enterprises on the same production
level on the one hand and vertical cooperation between enterprises and
suppliers/customers or cross-sector alliances between enterprises and public
research institutes on the other hand, we find cooperation type specific
determinants of entry. The size of a firm, its location, access to financial
resources and network experience seem to be most important.

Abstract

This paper investigates the determinants of inter-firm cooperation in
research and development (R&D). We analyse the impact of structural and firm
specific characteristics, market performance, access to resources and managerial
techniques on different types of inter-firm R&D cooperation. Based on a survey
of 886 enterprises in manufacturing and industry/business-related services
located in Germany, we estimate several models with different types of R&D
partnerships as a dependent variable to find out which types of enterprises are
more or less likely to form or join either type of R&D partnership. The findings
suggest that the availability and the quality of a firm’s own R&D resources are
common factors driving R&D cooperation in general. Differentiating between
cooperation activities in R&D among enterprises on the same production
level on the one hand and vertical cooperation between enterprises and
suppliers/customers or cross-sector alliances between enterprises and public
research institutes on the other hand, we find cooperation type specific
determinants of entry. The size of a firm, its location, access to financial
resources and network experience seem to be most important.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:2005
Deposited On:11 May 2009 11:06
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:55
Publisher:Inderscience
ISSN:1368-275X

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