Systemic absorptive capacity: creating early-to-market returns through R&D alliances

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Newey, L and Shulman, Arthur (2004) Systemic absorptive capacity: creating early-to-market returns through R&D alliances. R and D Management, 34 (5). pp. 495-504. ISSN 0033-6807


For most complex emergent technologies, product-market success depends on efficient linkages between changing lead innovators within the R&D process. In this paper, our unit of analysis is a complex high technology product and the system of alliance linkages formed to progress a product through R&D milestones. We present a model and evidence for advancing our understanding of how achieving early-to-market returns depends on systemic absorptive capacity. This systemic absorptive capacity is the cumulative efficiency in the use of absorptive capacity to link changing lead innovators across successive milestones in R&D product development. We advance propositions of how systemic absorptive capacity can explain performance differences between rival product development systems competing for early-tomarket returns with similar products through accelerating speed to market, cost and quality advantages. These explanations are contrasted with the conclusions of previous studies that have focused on absorptive capacity of single firms or single alliances in R&D.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9310.2004.00357.x
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Law
Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Keywords ResPubID19278, systemic absorptive capacity, R and D, research and development, early-to-market returns
Citations in Scopus 31 - View on Scopus
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