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Type Conference or Workshop Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Published in Proceedings Yes
Title Partner Selection in R&D Alliances: The Role of Scientist Mobility
Organization Unit
  • Stevo Pavicevic
  • Jeffrey Reuer
  • Ramakrishna Devarakonda
Presentation Type paper
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
  • English
Event Title Strategic Management Society Conference 2017
Event Type conference
Event Location Houston TX, USA
Event Start Date October 29 - 2017
Event End Date November 2 - 2017
Place of Publication Houston TX
Abstract Text We extend the theory of information economics to the literature on R&D alliance formation and advance research by examining the role of scientist mobility in facilitating partner selection for R&D collaborations. Specifically, we examine the role of scientist mobility in reducing information asymmetries between R&D firms, and we develop hypotheses on how R&D firms select alliance partners within high-tech industries. We suggest that the information intermediated by mobility of scientists between two potential partners privately and directly reduces information asymmetries between them, thereby helping firms access opportunities for collaboration. We demonstrate that scientist mobility will have a more pronounced effect on the likelihood that firms enter into an R&D partnership when firms lack direct knowledge about each other’s technological and other resources.
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