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Creating competencies through collaboration:: The case of EUREKA R&D consortia

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  • Mothe, Caroline
  • Quélin, Bertrand

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This article discusses the originality of European EUREKA consortia. Formed at the initiative of member firms, these consortia generally adopt a decentralised structure. Their main purpose is to conduct applied research, with the ultimate goal of exploiting its commercial opportunities. The consortia strive to ensure collaboration among firms in different countries, and at times, from different industries. Examining the management of R&D consortia, this article focuses primarily on the creation of new knowledge and competencies and on the benefits that member firms can reap from collaboration. Based on 20 interviews with project managers, the article brings to light two main observations: (1) the leader's positioning is a determining factor, and (2) a perfect balance between the firm's technological development and the consortium's strategic orientation facilitates the acquisition of competencies.

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  • Mothe, Caroline & Quélin, Bertrand, 2000. "Creating competencies through collaboration:: The case of EUREKA R&D consortia," European Management Journal, Elsevier, vol. 18(6), pages 590-604, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:eurman:v:18:y:2000:i:6:p:590-604
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    1. A. Arrighetti & G. Seravalli & G. Wolleb, 2001. "Social Capital, Institutions and Collective Action Between Firms," Economics Department Working Papers 2001-EP08, Department of Economics, Parma University (Italy).
    2. Chris Huxham & Paul Hibbert, 2008. "Manifested Attitudes: Intricacies of Inter-Partner Learning in Collaboration," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 45(3), pages 502-529, May.
    3. Michele Cincera & Gilles Eric Fombasso Toyem, 2018. "The impact of EUREKA projects on the economic performance of R&D SMEs," iCite Working Papers 2018-027, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.

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