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Managing Risk and Synergies R&D-Collaborations

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  • Mahnke, Volker

    (Department of Informatics, Copenhagen Business School)

  • Overby, Mikkel Lucas

    (Department of Informatics, Copenhagen Business School)

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    Abstract

    Many companies in the cross section of telecommunication and mobile technology engage in R&D collaborations to manage uncertainty, create synergies and learn. While the challenges of managing individual collaborations are well documented, little is known on how to systematically manage several R&D collaborations simultaneously. We use modern portfolio theory as an analogy to show how companies active in mobile telecommunication manage risks and create synergies by simultaneously engaging in several inter-firm collaborations.

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    Paper provided by Copenhagen Business School, Department of Informatics in its series Working Papers with number 2004-16.

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    Length: 14 pages
    Date of creation: 19 Sep 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:cbsinf:2004_016

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    Keywords: Portfolio theory; risk; synergy; R&D collaboration; mobile commerce;

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