Print Email Facebook Twitter Contract research and high-tech alliances: Vistas for future studies Title Contract research and high-tech alliances: Vistas for future studies Author de Jong, G. TNO Bouw Publication year 2008 Abstract This research note addresses the governance structure of innovation processes in high-tech alliances, focusing on the content and role of formal contracts. Contract research is strongly heterogeneous, that is, many different paradigms, concepts, definitions and measures exist. We discuss the most important aspects of contract research and primarily argue that future research needs to pay ampte attention to the interpretation of contracts, as the written contract might be just a standard form written by lawyers who are not directty involved in the high-tech alliance. We also propose a wide view of contracts and emphasize that contracts might have different functions depending on the role that the contract ptays in the retationship. ln so doing, we review the most common research methods, i.e., surveys, meta-studies and tongitudinal case studies, and suggest that the latter offer the most promissory opportunities for future alliance contract studies. Subject Urban DevelopmentResearchBuilt Environment To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:2f71f7ef-a878-4254-8011-bdaafcc420c8 TNO identifier 480569 Source Scandinavian Journal of Management, 24 (3), 284-289 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.