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Inter-firm cooperation and innovation: The role of strategic alliances (Abstract only)

Suarez-Villa, Luis
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38th Congress of the European Regional Science Association: "Europe Quo Vadis? - Regional Questions at the Turn of the Century", 28 August - 1 September 1998, Vienna, Austria
The relationship between inter-firm cooperation and downscaling, outsourcing and multiple firm strategic alliances is explored conceptually and with data from innovative firms. Downscaling is related to cooperative outsourcing as a significant influence shaping inter- firm relations. Embedding cooperative outsourcing in interfirm strategic alliances is advantageous, particularly for small and medium-size firms. Network structures within alliances are important to consider, however, since they hold the key not only to the division of labour within an alliance, but also to the longevity of the alliance, cooperation, and the relations of trust that pervade transactions.
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The contents of this paper were published recently in the journal Small Business Economics, Volume 10, 1998, pp. 5-16. The copyright to this paper is held by Kluwer Academic Publishers ( Please visit the Kluwer website to obtain permission to photocopy, or contact the author for a reprint.
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