Title: Trust in European-Japanese R&D partnerships: a case study

Authors: Caroline Mothe, Marc Ingham

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Abstract: Empirical studies on trust remain relatively rare, especially in the area of cooperation in R&D in high technology activities. This article aims at partially fulfilling this gap. Starting with a brief synthesis of the literature dedicated to trust in cooperations, on interpersonal, intra-organisational and inter-organisational levels, an exploratory longitudinal study has been undertaken on the field to enhance the trust production mechanisms and their evolution. The case studies relate to the cooperation undertaken by a European firm with a Japanese company.

Keywords: case study; cooperation; high technology; international; Japanese; trust.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2002.003064

International Journal of Technology Management, 2002 Vol.24 No.4, pp.435-457

Published online: 11 Jul 2003 *

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