Title: Reaching for the Stars: Exclusivity in Firm-University Links in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Authors: Kelchtermans, Stijn
Belderbos, Rene
Leten, Bart
Desair, Steven
Issue Date: Oct-2012
Conference: Asia-Pacific Innovation Conference edition:3 location:Seoul, South-Korea date:13-14 October 2012
Abstract: Although prior studies have suggested that firms' involvement in basic scientific research, including collaboration with university scientists, can improve their technological performance, little is known about the underlying mechanisms behind the performance benefits and the contingencies for such benefits to occur. The envisaged contributions of this paper are the following. First, it aims to clarify how firms strategically use exclusive partnerships with star university scientists to increase their technological performance. Second, it analyzes the basic research capabilities required on the side of the firm in order to enter partnerships with top university researchers so these collaborations yield the highest possible benefit to the firm. We draw on a unique panel dataset of 175 leading firms in the global biopharmaceutical industry, covering firms’ (collaborative) publication efforts, information on universities as alliance partners, and patent applications with their forward and backward citations.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Department of Managerial Economics, Strategy and Innovation (MSI), Leuven
Research Centre for Globalization, Innovation and Competition, Campus Brussels (-)
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous

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