R&D Alliances, Knowledge Flows, And Innovation

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This dissertation presents three essays concerning interfirm R&D alliances and their relation to interfirm flows of technological knowledge and firm innovation. The author's overall research question is this: how do R&D alliances affect the interfirm flow of technological knowledge and firms' innovative performance? R&D alliances are interfirm cooperative agreements aimed at joint research and development relating to new technologies, products and processes (Hagedoorn 1993). Overall, R&D alliances represent an important form of coordinated interfirm exchange, highlighting the intricacy of technology-related connections among firms (cf. Stuart 1998; Stuart & Podolny 1996, 1999).