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Inter-firm R&D networks in the global software industry: An overview of major trends and patterns


  • Myriam Cloodt
  • John Hagedoorn
  • Nadine Roijakkers


This paper presents an analysis of some major historical trends in inter-firm R&D partnering in the international software industry during the period 1970-1999. Our research demonstrates an overall growth pattern of newly made R&D partnerships and reveals the important role played by leading firms. We also examine the emergence of various R&D networks in the software industry, indicating the change from sparse and disconnected inter-firm R&D networks to dense and well-connected networks since the second half of the 1980s.

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  • Myriam Cloodt & John Hagedoorn & Nadine Roijakkers, 2010. "Inter-firm R&D networks in the global software industry: An overview of major trends and patterns," Business History, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 52(1), pages 120-149.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:bushst:v:52:y:2010:i:1:p:120-149
    DOI: 10.1080/00076790903469646

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    1. Geert Duysters, 1996. "The Dynamics of Technical InnovatioN," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 924, April.
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