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CHOOSE YOUR PARTNERS WISELY: WHEN DO R&D ALLIANCES ACTUALLY FOSTER ORGANIZATIONAL INNOVATION?

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Event information
Date 19 January 2022
Time 13:00-15:00 GMT
Price Free
Venue Online
Event types:
Seminars

You are cordially invited to a lunchtime seminar presented by Jill Juergensen on Wednesday 19th January at 1pm.

It will be held in person in Room 108, Henley Business School and lunch and liquid refreshments will be provided. Please contact Ellie Biggs prior to the event to ensure your attendance is registered for lunch and any dietary requirements are noted.

You can access the event online, via Teams, please follow the link in the email invite.

Abstract

We continue to witness the growing importance of R&D alliances, mainly in the pursuit of technological innovation. In parallel, we are witnessing firms’ efforts to constantly alter their internal practices and routines in order to enhance competitiveness. Yet relatively little is known about whether and how R&D alliances influence a firm’s organizational routines and practices by triggering organizational innovation (OI). We draw on panel data from the Mannheim Innovation Panel to examine how different types of (international and domestic) R&D alliances affect a firm’s propensity to engage in OI. Our findings show a nuanced relationship between R&D alliances and OI, in that: firms with a diverse international R&D alliance portfolio are not significantly more likely to engage in OI efforts; firms with vertical international R&D alliances (i.e., alliances with customers and suppliers) are more likely to engage in OI; and firms with horizontal international R&D alliances (i.e., alliances with market rivals) are less likely to engage in OI. Taken together, our findings offer a finer-grained and more realistic depiction of the likely organizational learning potential that arises from participating in inter-firm R&D cooperation, shedding light on the behavioural gains and biases associated with different types of R&D alliances.