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Location and R&D alliances in the European ICT industry

Rajneesh Narula and Grazia Santangelo

No 2007-008, MERIT Working Papers from United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT)

Abstract: This paper shows empirically that in an intra-industry oligopolistic scenario the location of a firm's innovative activities plays an important role in determining its partner selection in R&D alliances. Such a role is mainly attributed to a strategic use of R&D alliances as a means to limit knowledge flows and protect competences, rather than to promote knowledge flows. By drawing on a novel dataset matching alliances and patent data for the European ICT industry, the econometric analysis shows that partners' prior co-location (at both national and sub-national regional level), previous ties and technological overlap matter in the choice of partner, while common nationality has a negative impact on alliance formation.

Keywords: alliances; strategy; efficiency; R&D location (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D23 F23 O18 O32 R3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007
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