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Strategic technology alliances and networks


  • Nicholas Vonortas
  • Lorenzo Zirulia


This paper briefly reviews the literature on strategic technology alliances (STAs) and networks, allocating the contributions to 'micro' (firm) and 'meso' perspectives (the network). The focus is on a logical reconstruction of important themes in the literature pertaining to the role of STAs in boosting innovation and in promoting the survival and growth of partners and their environments. Overall, the literature points to a quite important role of alliances and networks especially in knowledge-intensive industrial activities combining the production and utilization of technological knowledge for competitiveness and growth. Not unexpectedly, important differences are pointed out in terms of incentives and benefits from alliances across different types of firms and industries. Network structure evolves in accordance with the nature of the industry and with the type of technological advancement sought by participating organizations.

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  • Nicholas Vonortas & Lorenzo Zirulia, 2015. "Strategic technology alliances and networks," Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 24(5), pages 490-509, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ecinnt:v:24:y:2015:i:5:p:490-509
    DOI: 10.1080/10438599.2014.988517

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    1. Ralph Siebert, 1996. "The Impact of Research Joint Ventures on Firm Performance: An Empirical Assessment," CIG Working Papers FS IV 96-03, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB), Research Unit: Competition and Innovation (CIG).
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    1. Pascal Billand & Christophe Bravard & Jacques Durieu & Sudipta Sarangi, 2019. "Firm Heterogeneity And The Pattern Of R&D Collaborations," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 57(4), pages 1896-1914, October.
    2. Diego R. Moraes Silva & André T. Furtado & Nicholas S. Vonortas, 2018. "University-industry R&D cooperation in Brazil: a sectoral approach," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, vol. 43(2), pages 285-315, April.
    3. Jeremy W. Bray & Albert N. Link, 2017. "Dynamic entrepreneurship: On the performance of U.S. research joint ventures," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 49(4), pages 785-797, December.
    4. Tran, Tat Thanh & Zikos, Vasileios, 2017. "R&D networks among suppliers and manufacturers," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 60(C), pages 151-161.

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