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|Document Type: ||Thesis or dissertation|
|Title: ||Outcome predictors of co-operative R & D in Europe: organisational capabilities and cultures|
|Authors: ||Zibell, Laurent|
|Supervisors: ||Allen, Peter M.|
|Issue Date: ||Mar-2010|
|Abstract: ||This research investigates organisational capabilities and cultures of both partners as
potential explanatory factors of co-operative R&D projects outcomes.
Contributions to theory are (1) a justification for the existence of organisational
capabilities and 'world views', (2) a parsimonious typology of 'world views' and (3) a
method to measure organisational capabilities.
The survey covers 514 projects in the electronics industry, in Germany, France, the
United Kingdom and Finland. It obtains 120 full answers, each of which coupling
responses from a matched pair of project managers having co-operated on the same
R&D project. The survey refers to the organisation's capabilities, to those of the partner,
to its 'world view', and to project outcomes.
None of the traditional explanatory factors (geographic distance, difference in
nationality, size or legal status, strategic compatibility) has any significant influence on
any of the outcomes being studied (save one).
The explanatory factors introduced by the research (organisational capabilities and
'world views') have a significant influence on almost all outcomes being considered of
the co-operative R&D projects: attainment of concrete results, compliance with budget
and schedule, creation and transfer of knowledge, learning (modification of
capabilities). Cultural diversity, 'absorptive capacity', and teaching effects, selective
according to the capability in question, are evidenced. Commonalities between partners
are shown to be more important than distance. These results validate empirically
organisational capabilities and 'world views' as descriptors of inter-organisational
capabilities, and their operationalisation.|
|Appears in Collections:||PhD, DBA, and MSc by Research theses (School of Management)|
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