The Dynamics of the Strategic Network Relations between Corporate R&D and Business. A Longitudinal Analysis in a Large, Technology Based Multinational Company

F.T.J.M. Fortuin, S.W.F. Omta

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The present paper addresses the important issue of the management of the strategic network relations between corporate R&D and business in large divisionalized companies. In a large technology-based multinational company (± 30,000 employees) an instrument that provides regular feedback to both corporate R&D and business about strategic alignment, based on factors derived from the competence perspective and the network theory, has been tested in a longitudinal survey from 1997 through 2002 (696 respondents). It is concluded that a combination of both theoretical perspectives adds to a more in-depth understanding of the mechanisms at work in the complex R&D-to-business relations. The improved network communication based on structured feedback related to the level of R&D competencies as well as the level of R&D flexibility and information lead to better strategic alignment. It was further concluded that a governance structure that effectively balances the short-term orientation (via business unit funding) and the long-term orientation (via technology board funding) is effective to provide strategic alignment between R&D and business.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-109
JournalJournal on Chain and Network Science
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'The Dynamics of the Strategic Network Relations between Corporate R&D and Business. A Longitudinal Analysis in a Large, Technology Based Multinational Company'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this