The antecedents of new R&D collaborations with different partner types: On the dynamics of past R&D collaboration and innovative performance 

René Belderbos, Victor Gilsing, Boris Lokshin, Martin Carree, Juan Fernández Sastre

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Abstract

We examine firms' propensity to adapt their R&D collaboration portfolio by establishing new types of R&D collaboration with different kinds of partners (suppliers, customers, competitors and universities & public research institutions). We argue that existing R&D collaboration with one of the two value chain partners (suppliers or customers) is associated with the formation of new R&D collaboration with the other value chain partner to ensure temporal alignment in innovation within the value chain. In contrast, issues related to governance and unintended knowledge spillovers suggest that ‘horizontal’ R&D collaboration with competitors only spurs R&D collaboration with other partner types if such competitor R&D collaboration has been discontinued earlier (‘delayed temporal alignment’). We posit that persistent prior R&D collaboration with institutional partners is an antecedent to the establishment of new R&D collaboration with industrial partners, and that discontinuation of a particular type of R&D collaboration is likely to lead to a restart of such R&D collaborative effort. Strong prior innovative performance is expected to increase the probability that firms establish R&D collaborations with new partner types, except for R&D collaboration with competitors, since the most innovative firms may fear leakage of proprietary knowledge to rivals. We find broad support for these predictions in a large panel of Spanish innovating firms (2004–2011). Our findings highlight that it is not just the configuration of R&D collaborations with existing partner types that predicts tie formation with new partner types, but also the intertemporal pattern of prior R&D collaboration and managerial discretion provided by past innovation success.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-302
Number of pages18
JournalLong Range Planning
Volume51
Issue number2
Early online date2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018

Keywords

  • R&D
  • Collaboration
  • Alliances
  • Innovation
  • Partner types
  • ALLIANCE MANAGEMENT CAPABILITY
  • RESOURCE-BASED VIEW
  • DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION
  • SUPPLY CHAIN
  • FIRM PERFORMANCE
  • PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
  • EMPIRICAL-ANALYSIS
  • SPANISH FIRMS
  • INTERORGANIZATIONAL COLLABORATION
  • COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

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The antecedents of new R&D collaborations with different partner types: On the dynamics of past R&D collaboration and innovative performance . / Belderbos, René; Gilsing, Victor; Lokshin, Boris; Carree, Martin; Sastre, Juan Fernández .

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