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date: 17 October 2019

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The purpose of this article is to survey this complex field of alliances and networks designed to help produce innovation, without claiming to be exhaustive. Here, the emphasis is placed on a coherent causal analysis that integrates at least some of the many factors that have been found to play a role in innovation and learning in inter-organizational relationships. In particular, this article looks at two issues: competence, which is clearly central in innovation and learning (which is all about developing competence), and governance, i.e. the management of relational risks. This article employs multiple perspectives, from economics, sociology, and cognitive science. Economics aids in dealing with considerations of efficiency; sociology for interaction, and cognitive science because learning is, after all, the central issue.

Keywords: alliances, networks, innovation, inter-organizational relationships, competence, governance

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