Repeated ties in Multi-Partner R&D-consortia: Temporal Dynamic Effects of Embeddedness

Remco S. Mannak, Jörg Raab, Alexander C. Smit

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This study investigates how network integration is sustained over time by repeated collaboration of the same set of actors in multi-partner R&D-consortia. Effects of consortium embeddedness are tested for different types of repeated collaboration, by examining the founding of 1653 R&D-projects during an observation period of 23 years. Results show that embeddedness stimulates the likelihood of repeated collaboration, and provides the network a stable core, particularly when external ties are shaped by multiple consortium members. Furthermore, the orientation of the stable core is prone to the type of external ties of the consortium. Finally, embeddedness effects are temporal dynamic: embeddedness advantages increase when the collaboration matures over time, until the project ends. Accordingly, this study demonstrates the importance of a dynamic perspective on embeddedness in order to reveal how a stable core of repeatedly collaborating actors develops in inter-organizational networks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2012 AOM Annual Meeting
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAcademy of Management Proceedings
PublisherAcademy of Management
ISSN (Print)2151-6561


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