Learning and Innovation @ a Distance: An Empirical Investigation into the Benefits and Liabilities of Different Forms of Distance on Interactive Learning and Novelty Creation in German Biotechnology SMEs

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Springer Science & Business Media, Aug 5, 2011 - Business & Economics - 410 pages
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Juliane Hartig develops a framework of different forms of distance and discusses their impact and interplay for interactive learning and innovation. Her empirical study draws on a sample of international cooperation projects from German biotechnology SMEs. Combining quantitative and qualitative research, she comes to new insights, and offers practitioners tools on how to create proximity in order to derive the most from global cooperation.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Theoretic Perspectives on InterOrganisational Cooperation
23
3 Learning and Novelty Generation in InterOrganisational Cooperation
50
4 Distant Relationships for Learning and Novelty Generation
61
5 Hypotheses
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Biotechnology Firms in Germany
144
A Retroductive Approach
161
Effects of Distance
176
Organising Proximity
283
10 Research and Practical Implications
332
11 Discussion
343
Bibliography
349
A Interview Guideline
389
B List of Interviewed Firms
403
C Statistical Annex
406
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Juliane Hartig completed her doctoral degree at the University of Potsdam, Chair of Business Administration, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dieter Wagner. She works in the strategic department of a leading European, multinational technology company.

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