Alliance Design and Knowledge Transfer in Interfirm R&D Relationships: The Moderating Role of Partner-Specific Experience

Prof. John Hagedoorn,

Prior studies show how partner-specific experience, that is, the history of prior alliances between two partner firms, influences alliance design. Little is known instead about the efficacy of alliance design as a function of partner-specific experience. We begin to address this issue by examining how partner-specific experience moderates the relation of alliance design to knowledge transfer in interfirm R&D relationships. We focus on two aspects of alliance design, governance and collaborative scope, the consequences of the latter which have remained unstudied to date. We propose that partner-specific experience improves knowledge transfer in nonequity and broad-scope relative to equity-based and narrow-scope relationships. We find support for our predictions in an analysis of longitudinal data on domestic interfirm R&D relationships in the U.S. information technology industry.



About the speaker

John Hagedoorn is currently professor of Strategy and International Business at Royal Holloway, University of London, School of Management, professorial fellow at UNU - MERIT in Maastricht, and honorary professor (emeritus) at Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics. He was a visiting scholar and visiting professor at SPRU (University of Sussex) in 1983-1984, CEPR (Stanford University) 1996, CISTP (The George Washington University) 1997, the Haas School of the University of California at Berkeley 1998-1999, the University of Paris 1999 and the business school of the National University of Singapore 2004. Main topics of research: Open innovation, contracts, and intellectual property rights; Open innovation and alliances; Contract law, joint R&D, and technology transfer; Strategic alliances; Inter-firm networks; Innovation and technological change; Mergers and acquisitions; International business strategy. His research is published in a wide variety of journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Business History, Business History Review, Global Strategy Journal, Industrial and Corporate Change, Industry & Innovation, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Media Economics, Journal of Common Market Studies, Managerial and Decision Economics, Organization Studies, Research Policy, Review of Industrial Organization, Small Business Economics, Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Organization, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, Technovation, and World Development.



Venue: 0.16/0.17

Date: 29 November 2018

Time: 12:00 - 13:00


UNU-MERIT