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From wires to partners: How the Internet has fostered R&D collaborations within firms

Chris CM Forman and Nicolas van Zeebroeck ()

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Abstract: How did the diffusion of the Internet influence research collaborations within firms? We examine the relationship between business use of basic Internet technology and the size and geographic composition of industrial research teams between 1992 and 1998. We find robust empirical evidence that basic Internet adoption is associated with an increased likelihood of collaborative patents from geographically dispersed teams. On the contrary, we find no evidence of such a link between Internet adoption and within-location collaborative patents, nor do we find any evidence of a relationship between basic Internet and single-inventor patents. We interpret these results as evidence that adoption of basic Internet significantly reduced the coordination costs of research teams, but find little evidence that a drop in the costs of shared resource access significantly improved research productivity.

Keywords: R&D organization; geography of innovation; internet adoption; IT (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O30 O32 L60 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cse, nep-ict, nep-ino, nep-ipr, nep-pr~ and nep-net
Date: 2012
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Published in: Management science (2012) v.58 n° 8,p.1549-1568

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