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Although inter -firm collaboration may take many forms, studies show that a high number of cooperative agreements focus on technological issues. This project studied a subset of Strategic Technical Alliances that are described as research joint ventures (RJVs). The examined RJVs are contract based agreements between independent entities. Member entities may include firms, universities and other government organisations. The empirical analysis only involved RJVs with at least one participant from the private sector. The project aimed to study the phenomenon of RJVs, on the basis of the different theoretical perspectives that have been put forth in the literature in order to explain inter-firm technological cooperation. More specifically, it draws insights from three theoretical perspectives on inter-firm technological collaboration: a) the one that stems from mainstream Industrial Organization literature, b ) the one put forth by Transaction Cost Economics and c) the perspective that has grown out of the literature on Strategic Management

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Record Number: 6733 / Last updated on: 2005-01-28
Category: PROJ