Title: Cooperative R&D as a means for knowledge creation. Experience from European publicly funded partnerships

Authors: Ioanna Kastelli, Yannis Caloghirou, Stavros Ioannides

Addresses: Laboratory of Industrial and Energy Economics, Department of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Heroon Polytechniou 9, 157 80 Athens, Greece. ' Laboratory of Industrial and Energy Economics, Department of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece. ' Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University, Athens, Greece

Abstract: This paper explores the performance of cooperative R&D agreements in terms of organisational knowledge creation. A unique dataset of subsidised cooperative R&D agreements is used to provide evidence on the relationship between the benefits from undertaking research cooperation and a set of factors that describe technological and organisational capabilities of firms and constraints arising in the context of cooperation. Findings point to an enhanced notion of absorptive capability as an enabling condition for effective exploitation of firm|s involvement in R&D cooperation.

Keywords: R&D cooperation; organisational knowledge creation; absorptive capability; research and development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2004.004990

International Journal of Technology Management, 2004 Vol.27 No.8, pp.712 - 730

Published online: 06 Aug 2004 *

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