Outsourcing R&D: A Review, Model, and Research Agenda

7 Pages Posted: 30 Dec 2010

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Juliana Hsuan

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Operations Management

Volker Mahnke

Copenhagen Business School - Department of International Economics & Management

Date Written: December 22, 2010

Abstract

Outsourcing R&D is an increasingly explored corporate practice. Extant research advanced our initial understanding of its increasing importance and benefits. While the associated literature has blossomed, the enthusiasm of R&D managers is tenured by an increasing realization of the possible downsides, risks, and costs that come with increasing use of external sources of innovation. Here, we suggest that research on outsourcing R&D has to move towards a balanced view on the profitability of such arrangements. To this end, we offer a review of what we know and need to know about outsourcing R&D, suggest a simple, yet integrative model on the relation between outsourcing R&D and performance, and offer a research agenda that is instrumental in guiding companies' process-management and design strategies when seeking to benefit from the outsourcing of R&D.

Suggested Citation

Hsuan, Juliana and Mahnke, Volker, Outsourcing R&D: A Review, Model, and Research Agenda (December 22, 2010). R&D Management, Vol. 41, Issue 1, pp. 1-7, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1732440 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9310.2010.00627.x

Juliana Hsuan (Contact Author)

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Operations Management

Solbjerg Pl. 3
Frederiksberg, 2000
Denmark

Volker Mahnke

Copenhagen Business School - Department of International Economics & Management ( email )

Frederiksberg, 2000
Denmark

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