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Network Formation: R&D Cooperation Propensity and Timing Among German Laser Source Manufacturers

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  • Muhamed Kudic
  • Andreas Pyka
  • Marco Sunder

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Empirical evidence on the evolution of innovation networks within high-tech industries is still scant. We investigate network formation processes by analyzing the timing of firms to enter R&D cooperations, using data on laser source manufacturers in Germany, 1990-2010. Network measures are constructed from a unique industry database that allows us to track both the formation and the termination of ties. Regression results reveal that a firm's knowledge endowment (and cooperation experience) shortens the duration to first (and consecutive) cooperation events. The previous occupation of strategic network positions is closely related to the establishment of further R&D cooperations at a swift pace. Geographic co-location produces mixed results in our analysis.

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Paper provided by Halle Institute for Economic Research in its series IWH Discussion Papers with number 9.

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Keywords: laser industry; innovation network; R&D cooperation; event history;

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