Striving Towards R&D Collaboration Performance: The Effect of Asymmetry, Trust and Contracting

10 Pages Posted: 30 Dec 2005

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Kirsimarja Blomqvist

Lappeenranta University of Technology - Department of Business Administration

Pia Hurmelinna

Lappeenranta University of Technology - Department of Business Administration

Kaisu Puumalainen

Lappeenranta University of Technology - Department of Business Administration

Sami Saarenketo

Lappeenranta University of Technology - Department of Business Administration

Abstract

This paper examines the effects of trust, asymmetry and contracting in R&D collaboration. At best, asymmetry brings major benefits to collaborating firms, but it may also become the basis of dissimilar orientation towards informal and formal governance methods, which makes managing the collaboration and reaching goals more complex. These issues are studied among 87 small Finnish ICT firms and the findings indicate that drawing overly straight generalizations on the roles of trust, contracting and asymmetry in R&D collaboration is risky. They all are closely bound together, affect each other differently, and have multiple dimensions.

Suggested Citation

Blomqvist, Kirsimarja and Hurmelinna, Pia and Puumalainen, Kaisu and Saarenketo, Sami, Striving Towards R&D Collaboration Performance: The Effect of Asymmetry, Trust and Contracting. Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp. 374-383, December 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=861338 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8691.2005.00357.x

Kirsimarja Blomqvist

Lappeenranta University of Technology - Department of Business Administration ( email )

Lappeenranta
Finland

Pia Hurmelinna (Contact Author)

Lappeenranta University of Technology - Department of Business Administration ( email )

Lappeenranta
Finland

Kaisu Puumalainen

Lappeenranta University of Technology - Department of Business Administration ( email )

Lappeenranta
Finland

Sami Saarenketo

Lappeenranta University of Technology - Department of Business Administration ( email )

Lappeenranta
Finland

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