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

Inderscience Publishers
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International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, 2010, 4 (2), pp. 152 - 175
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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.
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