Title: Balancing flexibility and control: international technology and market development in Australian biotechnology firms

Authors: John Steen, Peter Liesch, Martin Matthews, Lyndal Thorburn

Addresses: UQ Business School, The University of Queensland, St Lucia 4072, Queensland, Australia. ' UQ Business School, The University of Queensland, St Lucia 4072, Queensland, Australia. ' Sourcing Value, GPO Box 2455, Sydney 2001, NSW Australia. ' Innovation Dynamics, PO Box 7066, Canberra Business Centre, ACT 2610, ACT Australia

Abstract: A salient characteristic of the changing environment in dynamic, knowledge-intensive industries has been the growing adoption of collaborative organisational forms in the international operations of firms. Recent developments in these industries demand a re-evaluation of traditional explanations of these choices as resource constraints mandate collaborative organisational forms while the potential for proprietary knowledge dissipation cautions towards greater control.

Keywords: Australia; biotechnology firms; capabilities; internationalisation; strategic choice; transaction costs; flexibility; control; knowledge-intensive industries; collaboration.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2008.015992

International Journal of Technology Management, 2008 Vol.41 No.1/2, pp.203 - 222

Published online: 02 Dec 2007 *

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