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Collaborative capability in R&D alliances: exploring the link between organisational- and individual-level factors

Collaborative capability in R&D alliances: exploring the link between organisational- and... Utilising the dynamic capabilities perspective, this study examines the role of collaborative capability in R&D alliances with a focus on the interplay between organisational- and individual-level mechanisms. Collaborative capability has predominantly been conceptualised and analysed from a firm-level perspective, whereas the individual-level mechanisms that enable this ability to develop and flourish have been neglected. We explore the development of Novozymes' 'Partnering Project' and show how individual-level factors, such as competence development, work in concert with organisational-level strategic and structural mechanisms in creating collaborative capability. Based on an in-depth case study and a review of the literature, we propose a framework to explain the multi-dimensional nature of collaborative capabilities in R&D alliances. Our study shows how firms may benefit from increased attention to the interaction between individual- and organisational-level issues, captured via a partnering mindset, when designing R&D alliances. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies Inderscience Publishers

Collaborative capability in R&D alliances: exploring the link between organisational- and individual-level factors

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Publisher
Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. All rights reserved
ISSN
1743-8268
eISSN
1743-8276
DOI
10.1504/IJKMS.2010.03079
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Abstract

Utilising the dynamic capabilities perspective, this study examines the role of collaborative capability in R&D alliances with a focus on the interplay between organisational- and individual-level mechanisms. Collaborative capability has predominantly been conceptualised and analysed from a firm-level perspective, whereas the individual-level mechanisms that enable this ability to develop and flourish have been neglected. We explore the development of Novozymes' 'Partnering Project' and show how individual-level factors, such as competence development, work in concert with organisational-level strategic and structural mechanisms in creating collaborative capability. Based on an in-depth case study and a review of the literature, we propose a framework to explain the multi-dimensional nature of collaborative capabilities in R&D alliances. Our study shows how firms may benefit from increased attention to the interaction between individual- and organisational-level issues, captured via a partnering mindset, when designing R&D alliances.

Journal

International Journal of Knowledge Management StudiesInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2010

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