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The Effects Of Hrm-Related Mechanisms On Communication In R&D Collaboration

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  • HEIDI OLANDER

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    (School of Business, Lappeenranta University of Technology, PO Box 20, FI-53851 Lappeenranta, Finland)

  • PIA HURMELINNA-LAUKKANEN

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    (School of Business, Lappeenranta University of Technology, PO Box 20, FI-53851 Lappeenranta, Finland; Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Oulu, PO Box 4600, FI-90014, Finland)

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    Prior research has shown that the level of communication has an effect on the learning outcomes in R&D alliances and, subsequently, on performance. The level of communication depends on issues such as the systems that enhance knowledge sharing and the factors that deter knowledge flows, such as tacitness of knowledge and (deliberate) barriers set up to limit knowledge transfer. Innovations and value can only be created through sufficiently open knowledge sharing. But on the other hand, too open knowledge sharing might outrun the value gained by innovations if the knowledge lost would leave the knowledge sharing firm vulnerable. Yet, there is still a lack of understanding on which factors are responsible of the level of communication and to what extent. In particular, it has often been forgotten that HRM-related mechanisms are not only functional within firms, but also between firms. Thus, in this study, the HRM-related mechanisms that contribute to both of these areas are examined by using empirical quantitative data gathered from 83 Finnish R&D intensive firms.

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    Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal International Journal of Innovation Management.

    Volume (Year): 14 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 03 ()
    Pages: 415-433

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    Keywords: HRM; knowledge protection; knowledge sharing; R&D collaboration; R&D alliances; communication; innovation;

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