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Cross-border R&D alliances, absorptive capacity and technology learning

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  • Kim, Chang-Su
  • Inkpen, Andrew C.
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    Drawing from research on alliance learning, we develop a model of technology learning by integrating technological capabilities and alliance knowledge in a framework of absorptive capacity. We also differentiate between absolute and relative components of absorptive capacity. Our study of the chemical-pharmaceutical industry found that technology learning was higher when firms were quick to adopt new technologies and when they have accumulated experience via alliances. Among alliances, cross-border R&D alliances have the strongest effect on technology learning. Overall, the findings show the pronounced effect of absolute absorptive capacity on technology learning.

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    Volume (Year): 11 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 313-329

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    Keywords: Cross-border R&D alliances Absorptive capacity; Technology learning;

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    1. Ebers, Mark & Maurer, Indre, 2014. "Connections count: How relational embeddedness and relational empowerment foster absorptive capacity," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 43(2), pages 318-332.

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