Inter-firm alliances networks in nanotechnology: The roles of network position and technological uncertainty

Chun Hsien Wang, chihcheng Lo, Huei Mei Liang, Pei Yu Chien, Hung Ming Chen, Shu Yueh Lo

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Abstract

The emerging nanotechnology has attracted much attention with respect to its potential economic growth. Interdisciplinary collaboration is a key mechanism for accessing different domains technology and knowledge for developing nanotechnology commercialization opportunities. The need for effective inter-firm collaboration is of particular importance in emerging nanotechnology domains. Thus, the present study explores interfirm alliance networking behavior in nanotechnology firms to determine fully what types of factors drive interfirm nanotechnology alliance activities. In this study we proposed theoretical frameworks attempt to fill the gap in knowledge regarding emerging nanotechnology alliance behavior and to explore the alliance decisions driving inter-firm alliances that are grounded in deeper nanotechnology of interfirm alliances. The primary focus of nanotechnology alliance for nanotechnology-based firms confirms that interfirm alliances in nanotechnology are influenced directly by inter-firm R&D ties and by joint interactions among inter-firm R&D ties, network positions, and technological uncertainty. Specifically, we propose that a nanotechnology-based firm is highly likely to engage in alliances regarding decision-making activity. Using an original dataset of nanotechnology-based firms in the emerging nanotechnology alliance activity, we found that the joint effect of a position of high network centrality and a high level of technological uncertainty weaken inter-firm nanotechnology alliances.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 Proceedings of PICMET 2013
Subtitle of host publicationTechnology Management in the IT-Driven Services
Pages259-269
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Dec 26
Event2013 Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology, PICMET 2013 - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: 2013 Jul 282013 Aug 1

Publication series

Name2013 Proceedings of PICMET 2013: Technology Management in the IT-Driven Services

Other

Other2013 Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology, PICMET 2013
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA
Period13-07-2813-08-01

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  • Computer Networks and Communications

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Wang, C. H., Lo, C., Liang, H. M., Chien, P. Y., Chen, H. M., & Lo, S. Y. (2013). Inter-firm alliances networks in nanotechnology: The roles of network position and technological uncertainty. In 2013 Proceedings of PICMET 2013: Technology Management in the IT-Driven Services (pp. 259-269). [6641695] (2013 Proceedings of PICMET 2013: Technology Management in the IT-Driven Services).