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Inter-organizational control mechanisms in joint R&D projects: the case of supplier and customer relationships in process industry
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8188-0588
2008 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Collaborative R&D projects are often associated with high degrees of complexity and uncertainty and consequently they are difficult to manage. The purpose of this article is to identify and analyse which motives collaborating companies have when engaging in inter-organizational R&D projects, and how these motives subsequently affect the selection of control mechanisms. Empirically, the paper draws on two case studies of joint R&D projects in the process industry. Findings indicate that companies have two main motives to engage in joint R&D projects. If the primary motive was financial, e.g. to reduce costs, formal control mechanisms such as contractual obligations and formal planning were preferred before informal ones. If, on the other hand, relational motives such as building long-term relations were the primary aim, a different logic applied. Under such conditions, informal control mechanisms tended to be used (e.g. trust and joint decision-making). The paper adds to the growing body of literature on collaborative R&D projects and gives management advice on how to manage joint R&D projects.

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2008.
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Business Administration
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Accounting and Control
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-32061Local ID: 66b59900-bd30-11dd-a7c4-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-32061DiVA, id: diva2:1005295
Conference
International Conference on Management of Technology : 06/04/2008 - 10/04/2008
Note
Godkänd; 2008; Bibliografisk uppgift: CD-ROM Sider: 1-14; 20081128 (monika_k)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2017-12-20Bibliographically approved

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