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Paper info: INFORMATION SHARING AS A NETWORKING ACTIVITY. CASE OF R&D COLLABORATION IN THE ICT SECTOR

Title


INFORMATION SHARING AS A NETWORKING ACTIVITY. CASE OF R&D COLLABORATION IN THE ICT SECTOR

Authors


HeliS Sissonen

Place of Publication


The paper was published at the 24th IMP-conference in Uppsala, Sweden in 2008.

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Abstract


This study examines the nature of information sharing activity in the context of buyer-seller relationship, more specifically R&D (research and development) collaboration. Information sharing is assessed by its content, media and style in different phases of the R&D programs. Especially, challenges and success factors relating to information sharing are identified. The theoretical background focuses on particular features of information sharing needed in R&D collaboration. The study has been conducted as a single case study with three Sub-Cases in the Finnish ICT (Information and Communication Technology) sector. The results indicate that especially the success of the specification phase is a critical factor in the information sharing, although emphasis should be given to the early phases of the program in general. This study verifies the fact that the nature of R&D collaboration as such emphasizes the role of face-to-face contacts as an information sharing medium.