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ISSN: 2080-4881     eISSN: 2300-4096    OAI    DOI: 10.18276/sip.2016.44/2-11
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Issue archive / nr 44/2 2016
Wybrane zagadnienia współpracy badawczo-rozwojowej przedsiębiorstw w ujęciu ekonomii gałęziowej
(Selected problems of interfirm r&d cooperation in the industrial organization literature)

Authors: Adam Karbowski
Szkoła Główna Handlowa w Warszawie

Jacek Prokop
Szkoła Główna Handlowa w Warszawie
Keywords: interfi rm cooperation research and development industrial organization
Year of publication:2016
Page range:14 (139-152)
Klasyfikacja JEL: L24 O32
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The aim of this paper is to analyze selected problems of interfirm R&D cooperation discussed in the industrial organization literature. The following interrelated problems are analyzed: (i) stability of interfirm R&D cooperation, (ii) organization of interfirm R&D cooperation, (iii) asymmetries between cooperating firms, and (iv) the impact of interfirm R&D cooperation on industry cartelization. Based on the reviewed literature, it can be concluded that in order to benefi t from interfi rm R&D cooperation it is necessary (1) to solve successfully the free-rider problem arising in the process of knowledge sharing between collaborating firms, and (2) to maintain a stable cooperation. However, too low or too high values of asymmetries among cooperating fi rms could be the major obstacles to a stable R&D cooperation. An effective stabilization of interfirm R&D cooperation can be achieved by, e.g., licensing of know-how, intensification of knowledge sharing between cooperating firms and various organizational forms of R&D cooperation (research joint-ventures and R&D cartels). From the social welfare perspective, it should also be noted that a closer interfi rm cooperation at the R&D stage can result in the cartelization of the entire industry.
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