On the explanation of horizontal, vertical and cross-sector R&D partnerships – evidence for the German industrial sector
Frank Maass () and
Arndt Werner ()
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Frank Maass: Institut für Mittelstandsforschung Bonn (IfM Bonn), (Institute for Small and Medium Size Enterprises, Bonn)
Arndt Werner: Institut für Mittelstandsforschung Bonn (IfM Bonn), (Institute for Small and Medium Size Enterprises, Bonn)
No 53, Working Papers from University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU)
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.
Keywords: cross-sector alliances, inter-firm cooperation; R&D cooperation; SME (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2005-02, Revised 2005-03
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Published in Int. J. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, March 2005, pages 103-116
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