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Knowledge sharing in cooperative research and development

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  • Masao Nakamura

    (Faculty of Commerce, Institute of Asian Research and Faculty of Applied Science, University of British Columbia, 2053 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6 T 1Z2)

  • Mariko Sakakibara

    (University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481, USA)

Abstract

This article examines the effects of knowledge sharing or endogenous spillovers among R&D consortia participants on R&D competition when R&D enhances a firm's absorptive capacity. A three-stage model illustrates how different compositions of R&D consortia affect endogenous spillover rates and R&D spending of participants. When consortium participants possess complementary knowledge, the model suggests that participation increases the degree of knowledge sharing and intensifies firms' R&D efforts to learn from other members compared with the case when no cooperation takes place. This type of R&D consortia is welfare enhancing, justifying government support for these projects. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Masao Nakamura & Mariko Sakakibara, 2003. "Knowledge sharing in cooperative research and development," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 24(2-3), pages 117-132.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:mgtdec:v:24:y:2003:i:2-3:p:117-132
    DOI: 10.1002/mde.1080
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