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Managing Risk and Synergies R&D-Collaborations


  • Mahnke, Volker

    (Department of Informatics, Copenhagen Business School)

  • Overby, Mikkel Lucas

    (Department of Informatics, Copenhagen Business School)


Many companies in the cross section of telecommunication and mobile technology engage in R&D collaborations to manage uncertainty, create synergies and learn. While the challenges of managing individual collaborations are well documented, little is known on how to systematically manage several R&D collaborations simultaneously. We use modern portfolio theory as an analogy to show how companies active in mobile telecommunication manage risks and create synergies by simultaneously engaging in several inter-firm collaborations.

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  • Mahnke, Volker & Overby, Mikkel Lucas, 2006. "Managing Risk and Synergies R&D-Collaborations," Working Papers 2004-16, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Informatics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:cbsinf:2004_016

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    Portfolio theory; risk; synergy; R&D collaboration; mobile commerce;

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    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General

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