Inter-firm R&D networks in the global software industry: an overview of major trends and patterns

J. Hagedoorn, M.M.A.H. Cloodt*, A.H.W.M. Roijakkers

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This paper presents an analysis of some major historical trends in inter-firm r&d partnering in the international software industry during the period 1970–1999. Our research demonstrates an overall growth pattern of newly made r&d partnerships and reveals the important role played by leading firms. We also examine the emergence of various r&d networks in the software industry, indicating the change from sparse and disconnected inter-firm r&d networks to dense and well-connected networks since the second half of the 1980s.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-149
JournalBusiness History
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

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