Evolutionary theories of technological change and industrial dynamics give primary importance to interaction between heterogeneous agents, endowed with
complementary assets and competencies. Accordingly, support to co-operative R&D is central to technology policy, as a mean for increasing system connectivity, triggering virtuous cycles of learning and promoting variety. The paper investigates the “chemistry of technological co-operation”, relating its effectiveness and results to the partners’ relational research capacity, i.e. their ability to evaluate, integrate, process and exploit knowledge flows generated by the interaction.
A functional specification for the relational research capacity is proposed and its
properties are investigated. The formal analysis works as a guideline for the statement of research hypothesis related to the effectiveness of co-operative R&D programmes, to be tested on empirical grounds.
|Place of Publication||Frederiksberg|
|Publisher||DRUID - Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics|
|Number of pages||55|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|
|Series||DRUID Working Paper|