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Recombination for innovation: performance outcomes from international partnerships in China

Collinson, S. and Liu, Y. (2019) Recombination for innovation: performance outcomes from international partnerships in China. R&D Management, 49 (1). pp. 46-63. ISSN 1467-9310

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/radm.12293


This paper examines the relationship between different types of international partnerships and innovation performance. By drawing on a conceptual framework which outlines how new bundles of transferrable and non-transferrable ownership advantages are created from such partnerships (Collinson and Narula, 2014), we analyze empirical evidence from a large-scale survey of 320 individual company responses from the China-based operations of foreign multinational firms alongside in-depth case studies. Our study reveals that different types of collaborative partnerships (cooperative vs competitive) are associated with different innovation performance outcomes (product vs process innovation). In addition, we find that a sustainable, reciprocal relationship between collaborative partners can generate superior innovation performance. Contextual factors including the role of government and industry characteristics have an important bearing on innovation performance in collaborative partnerships in China. We conclude with implications for researchers, managers and policymakers.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
ID Code:81624


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