Joint learning in R&D collaborations requires investments and trust

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Research considers joint learning as a relational dynamic capability and examines the role of relational practices as enablers of joint learning in R&D collaboration between suppliers and their customers.
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– Results indicate that in dyadic relationships, firms would benefit from developing practices related to relational investments, relational structures, and relational capital that facilitate joint learning and yield collaborative advantages from R&D interactions, researchers Tuomas Huikkola, Juho Ylimäki and Marko Kohtamäki explain the results.

The research contributes to the existing literature on joint learning in R&D collaborations by defining joint learning as a relational dynamic capability and by focusing on the practices that facilitate it in R&D collaboration.

The research applies a qualitative comparative case method to analyze practices that facilitate joint learning. The seven relational cases were selected based on a quantitative dataset and cluster analysis. Research was published in Industrial Marketing Management.

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