Trends and patterns in inter-firm R&D networks in the global computer industry: a historical analysis of major developments during the period 1970-1999.

M.M.A.H. Cloodt, J. Hagedoorn, A.H.W.M. Roijakkers

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Abstract

We present a historical analysis of major trends in inter-firm R&D partnering in the international computer industry during the period 1970-1999. We first discuss different modes of R&D cooperation in the context of the overall growth patterns in R&D partnerships. We also examine major changes in the structure of R&D partnering networks, by studying both network-level characteristics and partnering behavior at the level of individual firms. This part of the analysis shows the change from extremely sparse and disconnected networks into very dense and well-connected networks. In addition, we analyze the important role played by individual companies when these sparse networks developed into very dense networks. This development coincides with the transition from the old, vertically organized computer industry into a new, horizontally organized computer industry as it emerged towards the end of the previous century.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the DRUID Summer Conference
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Eventconference; Druid; 2006-06-18; 2006-06-20 -
Duration: 18 Jun 200620 Jun 2006

Conference

Conferenceconference; Druid; 2006-06-18; 2006-06-20
Period18/06/0620/06/06
OtherDruid

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