What more can we learn from REtD alliances?A review and research agenda

  1. Andrea Martínez-Noya 1
  2. Rajneesh Narula 2
  1. 1 Universidad de Oviedo

    Universidad de Oviedo

    Oviedo, España

    ROR https://ror.org/006gksa02

  2. 2 University of Reading

    University of Reading

    Reading, Reino Unido

    ROR https://ror.org/05v62cm79

Business Research Quarterly

ISSN: 2340-9444 2340-9436

Year of publication: 2018

Volume: 21

Issue: 3

Pages: 195-212

Type: Article

DOI: 10.1016/J.BRQ.2018.04.001 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor

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R&D cooperation has become a core aspect of the innovation strategy of R&D-performing organisations over the last three decades. Globalization has increased the imperative to organise these cross-border, inter-firm agreements efficiently, and this has led to a cross-fertilisation of ideas from a variety of fields, including international business, management, geography and, more recently, psychology. The aim of this paper is to review and synthesise this literature to identify new directions for research. The breadth of the academic discussion has evolved towards a general consensus on governance choice decisions, motives for collaboration, partner selection decisions and performance implications. Despite having achieved some degree of clarity on these issues, the growing complexity and international nature of these alliances requires a multidisciplinary approach, both in relation to the theories to apply, as well as in the type of data needed.

Funding information

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support provided by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad) project references: ECO2013-46235-R and ECO2017-86101-P.


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