When Can Firms Capture Value from Collaborating with Research Consortia?

Paul-Emmanuel Anckaert, Bruno Cassiman

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In this paper we examine how firms can benefit from linking to science through collaborating and co-patenting with research organizations. We compare patents developed solely by the firm with very similar co-patents developed by that firm in collaboration with the German research organization, the Fraunhofer- Gesellschaft. We find that firms develop higher quality technologies when they collaborate with a research organization while building upon technological prior- art developed by that research organization. Additionally, when firms collaborate with a research organization while recombining their own technological prior-art with the technological prior-art of that research organization, we find the firm to be more likely to develop these technologies more intensely internally, resulting in higher quality technologies with higher quality follow-up technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2016: Making Organizations Meaningful - Anaheim, United States
Duration: 5 Aug 20169 Aug 2016
Conference number: 76


ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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  • Industry-science linkages
  • Research collaboration
  • Technology trajectories

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