By Bart Nooteboom

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Inter-firm family members should not new. yet quick advancements in know-how and globalization have ended in elevated possibilities for foreign alliances, and an upsurge within the curiosity in inter-organizational family. With the time ripe for a unified concept of collaboration, Inter-firm Collaboration, studying and Networks surveys the present box, connects differing views and solutions questions on who should still collaborate, why, and how.Emphasizing studying and innovation, this e-book bargains an built-in account of the foremost matters within the layout and administration of inter-firm family members and networks. It takes a uniquely interdisciplinary technique, bringing jointly views from economics, sociology and administration to supply a brand new type of ebook in this topic. aiding thought, the booklet contains illustrative case examples taken from quite a few enterprise, community and forms. Coherent and wide-reaching, Inter-firm Collaboration, studying and Networks presents scholars and lecturers in economics, company, sociology, social psychology and financial geography with the instruments required to appreciate this topical and hugely suitable topic.

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1 As a result, the need for outside collaboration is greater in (continental) Europe than in the United States, resulting more in ‘networked economies’ (Nooteboom 2000b).

One well-known case is Nike. Finally, an efficiency argument concerns transport costs, taking into account bulk and weight of products, which have to be incorporated in cost–benefit considerations in the location of production (E7). At high cost of transport there is an incentive to produce close to markets, and for this one may need a local partner. A curious case is Heineken beer. Most brewers produce in the country of destination, because export entails the transport of what is mostly water. Nevertheless, Heineken stuck to export.

By pooling products one may increase the utilization of distribution capacity, and here the effect overlaps with a previous category (E3), or one may achieve economies of scope (E1). By pooling products or competences one may gain access to large projects, in joint bidding, and one may improve services to a large, multinational industrial customer by jointly offering a portfolio of services, or providing a global service. 1. Product swapping arises, for example, in cross-licensing, when the outcomes of R&D are unpredictable and turn out to yield products that do not fit in production or distribution.

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