John Hagedoorn and Hans van Kranenburg

"Growth patterns in R&D partnerships: an exploratory study"
JEL codes: L19

Abstract: This paper offers the first statistical analysis of the long-term movement in inter-firm partnerships during the period 1960-1998. Our analysis indicates a growth pattern in R&D Partnering that is largely of a non-stationary nature, caused by fluctuations during the last ten years of this time series. The further analysis of specific groups of these R&D partnerships reveals that the patterns for so-called high-tech sectors, for the leading industrial nationals and for the contractual R&D partnerships follow the overall movement of these partnerships.

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