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The impact of partner spatial, social and network differences on the joint R&D project performance: an analysis of university-industry collaborations

Skute, I. (2016) The impact of partner spatial, social and network differences on the joint R&D project performance: an analysis of university-industry collaborations.

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Abstract:The importance of University-Industry (U-I) collaborations is widely accepted among scholars and practitioners. Firms increasingly engage in the joint R&D partnerships with universities and research institutions to access the knowledge externalities generated by researchers, and leverage their research competencies. There is an on-going debate concerning the factors that determine the innovative and commercial performance of such research collaborations. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the impact of partner spatial, social and network characteristics on the product development and commercial performance of the joint research projects from the Dutch Technology Foundation STW. In order to test the identified hypotheses, 419 research projects and 798 unique partners were analysed. Findings indicate a statistically significant negative impact of larger spatial distances between the project applicant and other participants. The closeness centrality indicates an inverted U-shaped effect, and previous repeated collaborative ties have a statistically significant negative effect on the joint R&D project product development and commercial results.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:02 science and culture in general, 50 technical science in general, 70 social sciences in general, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/69677
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