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Location and R&D alliances in the European ICT industry

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  • Rajneesh Narula

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    (Department of Economics, University of Reading Business School)

  • Grazia D. Santangelo

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    (Facoltà di Scienze Politiche, Università degli Studi di Catania)

Abstract

This paper shows empirically that in an intra-industry oligopolistic scenario the location of a firm’s innovative activities plays an important role in determining its partner selection in R&D alliances. Such a role is mainly attributed to a strategic use of R&D alliances as a means to limit knowledge flows and protect competences, rather than to promote knowledge flows. By drawing on a novel dataset matching alliances and patent data for the European ICT industry, the econometric analysis shows that partners’ prior co-location (at both national and sub-national regional level), previous ties and technological overlap matter in the choice of partner, while common nationality has a negative impact on alliance formation.

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Paper provided by Henley Business School, Reading University in its series Centre for International Business Strategy Working Papers with number cibs-wp2007-01.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 2007
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Keywords: Alliances; R&D location; strategy; co-location; knowledge flows;

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