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R&D cooperation and failures in innovation projects: Empirical evidence from French CIS data

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  • Stéphane Lhuillery

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    (Chaire en Economie et Management de l'Innovation, Collège du Management de la Technologie, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)

  • Etienne Pfister

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    (Ministère de l’Education nationale, de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche, Direction de l’Evaluation, de la Prospective et de la Performance - BETA, Université de Strasbourg / Universités de Nancy and CNRS - Conseil de la concurrence, Paris)

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    The second French Community Innovation Survey (CIS) indicates that 14% of R&D collaborating firms had to abandon or delay their innovation projects due to difficulties in their partnerships, an outcome which we term “cooperation failures”. Controlling for sample selection on the cooperation decision, our estimates show that firms collaborating with competitors and public research organizations (PROs), especially when they are foreign, are more likely to delay or stop an innovation project because of difficulties encountered in their R&D partnerships. More surprisingly, firms collaborating with their suppliers also face a higher risk of “cooperation failures”. At least for PROs, firms can reduce the risk of “cooperation failures” through previous experiences in partnerships. Larger firms and group subsidiaries are less likely to face “cooperation failures”, and so do firms in industries with a strong appropriability regime.

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    Paper provided by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Collège du Management de la Technologie, Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship Institute, Chaire en Economie et Management de l'Innovation in its series CEMI Working Papers with number cemi-workingpaper-2008-006.

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    Handle: RePEc:cmi:wpaper:cemi-workingpaper-2008-006

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    Keywords: R&D cooperation; competitors; university; IPR; success; failure; CIS survey;

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