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Does Culture Matter in Inter-Firm Cooperation? Research Consortia in Japan and the USA

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  • Masao Nakamura

    (Institute of Asian Research, Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration and Faculty of Applied Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)

  • Ilan Vertinsky

    (Institute of Asian Research and the Centre for International Business Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)

  • Charlene Zietsma

    (Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)

Collaborative research consortia allow firms to pursue scale and scope economies in research, finance large costly proposals, share risks, avoid unnecessary duplication, internalize the externalities created by research spillovers, and allow the use of firm-specific complementary skills and resources. In this study we examine the evolution of cooperative research organizations in the USA and Japan. We explore the factors which influence the emergence of alternative forms of cooperation. Specifically, we examine the role of culture and the institutional environment in molding the organization of cooperation between firms in R&D and the consequences of such cooperation. © 1997 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Managerial and Decision Economics.

Volume (Year): 18 (1997)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 153-175

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Handle: RePEc:wly:mgtdec:v:18:y:1997:i:2:p:153-175
DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1099-1468(199703)18:2<153::AID-MDE817>3.0.CO;2-L
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