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The Control of Strategic Alliances: An Empirical Analysis of Biotechnology Collaborations

Josh Lerner, Robert P. Merges

NBER Working Paper No. 6014
Issued in April 1997
NBER Program(s):   PR

In this paper, we examine the determinants of control rights in technology strategic alliances between biotechnology firms and pharmaceutical corporations, as well as with other biotechnology firms. We undertake three clinical studies and an empirical analysis of 200 contracts. Consistent with the framework developed by Aghion and Tirole [1994], the allocation of control rights to the smaller party increases with its financial health. The empirical evidence regarding the relationship between control rights and the stage of the project at the time the contract is signed is less consistent with theoretical frameworks.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w6014

Published: Published as "The Control of Technology Alliances: An Empirical Analysis of the Biotechnology Industry", Journal of Industrial Economics, Vol. 46,no. 2 (June 1998): 125-156.

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