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Hochschulkooperationen und betriebliche Innovationsaktivitaeten Ergebnisse aus der deutschen Automobilzulieferindustrie

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The development and adaption of new technologies are based on the interrelation of academic research and applied industrial innovation activities. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to investigate empirically the importance of R&D cooperations with universities for the innovation activities of suppliers in the German automobile industry. Relevance, motives, and benefits of contractual R&D cooperation between automobile suppliers and universities will be analyzed for the first time in great variety. It will be shown that in the German automobile supply industry the high preference of firms to cooperate with universities depends on the size of the firm as well as on their absorptive capacities. Formal R&D arrangements with universities are prefered because automobile suppliers can enhance their technological innovation capacities to develop new or improved products and use their automobile-specific innovation potentials, developed inhouse, more efficiently. Further, by establishing formal cooperative R&D arrangements with universities suppliers in Germany rather save R&D costs than realize quality improvements of products.

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  • Juergen Peters & Wolfgang Becker, 1998. "Hochschulkooperationen und betriebliche Innovationsaktivitaeten Ergebnisse aus der deutschen Automobilzulieferindustrie," Discussion Paper Series 178, Universitaet Augsburg, Institute for Economics.
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    1. Stoetzer, Matthias-Wolfgang & Pfeil, Silko & Kaps, Katharina & Sauer, Thomas, 2011. "Regional dispersion of cooperation activities as success factor of innovation oriented SME," Jena Contributions to Economic Research 2011,4, University of Applied Sciences Jena, Department of Business Administration.
    2. Wolfgang Becker & Juergen Peters, 2000. "Technological Opportunities, Absorptive Capacities, and Innovation," Discussion Paper Series 195, Universitaet Augsburg, Institute for Economics.
    3. Wolfgang Becker, 2003. "Evaluation of the Role of Universities in the Innovation Process," Discussion Paper Series 241, Universitaet Augsburg, Institute for Economics.
    4. Becker Wolfgang & Peters Jürgen, 2005. "Innovation Effects of Science-Related Technological Opportunities / Innovationseffekte von technologischen Möglichkeiten aus dem Wissenschaftsbereich: Theoretical Considerations and Empirical Findings," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), De Gruyter, vol. 225(2), pages 130-150, April.

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    JEL classification:

    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • H40 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - General

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