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.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the DRUID Summer Conference|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
|Event||conference; Druid; 2006-06-18; 2006-06-20 - |
Duration: 18 Jun 2006 → 20 Jun 2006
|Conference||conference; Druid; 2006-06-18; 2006-06-20|
|Period||18/06/06 → 20/06/06|