Why Do Manufacturing Firms Choose to Collaborate on Innovative Projects?

SSTI digest reports (5/16/07) on findings from the Center for European Economic Research regarding the motives of collaborative firms. In Motives for Co-operation: Evidence from the Canadian Survey of Innovation, Tobias Schmidt categorized firms based on their reasons for engaging in collaborations: 1) Cost sharing for innovation; 2) Accessing external knowledge; 3) To enable scale-up in production; and, 4) To develop commercialization activities. Similarities and differences in firm characteristics and collaborative motives are discussed.

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