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Firm Size and Cooperation: The Determinants of Cooperative Agreements in Information Technology Industries

Massimo Colombo

International Journal of the Economics of Business, 1995, vol. 2, issue 1, 3-30

Abstract: This paper aims to shed light on factors that lead firms to resort to collaborative ventures. Specific attention is devoted to the role of firm size. The study relies on an extensive econometric analysis of a representative sample of firms in three Information Technology industries (semiconductor, data processing, and telecommunications). Data relating to the number and type of agreements concluded by firms, provided by the ARPA database developed at Politecnico di Milano, are correlated with firm-, industry- and country-specific variables. The findings of the econometric estimates point to the importance of firm size, scope of activity within the industries considered, diversification in related industries, and, to a less extent, degree of internationalization in explaining use of agreements. Moreover, the study provides preliminary evidence in support of a complementary relation between interfirm linkages and R&D expenditures. A positive correlation with growth rates also seems to emerge. In contrast, the s regarding the relation between internal capital expenditures and recourse to agreements are mixed.

Keywords: cooperative agreements; information technologies; firm size, JEL classifications: L22, L63, (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1995
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