The Design of Vertical R&D Collaborations

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Patrick Herbst

University of Stirling - Department of Accounting and Finance

Uwe Walz

Goethe University Frankfurt - Institute of Economics; Center For Financial Studies (CFS); Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE

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Date Written: May 7, 2013

Abstract

Suppliers play a major role in downstream firms' innovation processes. We analyze ownership allocations and the choice of technology in vertical research and development (R&D) cooperations. Given that R&D outcomes are not contractible, there is a trade-off between R&D specifically designed towards a manufacturer (increasing investment productivity) and a general technology (hold-up reduction). We find that in too few cases the market solution yields the specific technology. More intense product market competition shifts optimal ownership towards the supplier. The use of exit clauses increases the gains from the collaboration.

Keywords: Managing innovations, vertical R&D collaboration, choice of technology

JEL Classification: L22, L24, O31, O32

Suggested Citation

Herbst, Patrick and Walz, Uwe, The Design of Vertical R&D Collaborations (May 7, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1341183 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1341183

Patrick Herbst

University of Stirling - Department of Accounting and Finance ( email )

Stirling, Scotland FK9 4LA
United Kingdom

Uwe Walz (Contact Author)

Goethe University Frankfurt - Institute of Economics ( email )

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Germany

Center For Financial Studies (CFS) ( email )

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Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE ( email )

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