Outcome predictors of co-operative R & D in Europe: organisational capabilities and cultures

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dc.contributor.advisor Allen, Peter M.
dc.contributor.advisor Paulre, Bernard
dc.contributor.author Zibell, Laurent
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-28T09:06:22Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-28T09:06:22Z
dc.date.issued 2010-03
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.lib.cranfield.ac.uk/handle/1826/5613
dc.description.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. en_UK
dc.language.iso en en_UK
dc.publisher Cranfield University en_UK
dc.rights © Cranfield University, 2010. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the copyright holder. en_UK
dc.subject Cognitive distance en_UK
dc.subject Collective competence en_UK
dc.subject Cooperation en_UK
dc.subject Dyad en_UK
dc.subject Electronics industry en_UK
dc.subject Europe en_UK
dc.subject Finland en_UK
dc.subject France en_UK
dc.subject Germany en_UK
dc.subject Innovation en_UK
dc.subject Organizational capability en_UK
dc.subject Organizational culture en_UK
dc.subject Project en_UK
dc.subject R&D en_UK
dc.subject United Kingdom en_UK
dc.subject World view en_UK
dc.title Outcome predictors of co-operative R & D in Europe: organisational capabilities and cultures en_UK
dc.type Thesis or dissertation en_UK
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en_UK
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en_UK

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