Stability of collaborative R&D networks: A simulation study

Year: 2012
Editor: Onishi, M.; Maurer, M.; Kirner, K.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Gust, P. (1); Altfeld, N. (2); Kreutzfeldt, J. (2)
Series: DSM
Institution: 1: University of Wuppertal, Germany; 2: Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Section: Management of Engineering Design Projects
Page(s): 385-399
ISBN: 978-3-446-43354-0


To reduce the likelihood that R&D projects fail, companies tend to perform R&D activities in
collaborative networks. A fundamental characteristic of networks is stability. This paper introduces a
novel approach that determines the stability of R&D networks and combines the analysis network
topology with a two-layer simulation model.
To analyze the topology of collaborative R&D project networks graph theory and measures from
social network analysis are used. Our study enables us to identify the companies that play a key role in
the R&D network. To ensure the stability of the collaborative R&D project, participants with a high
betweenness centrality index should be identified and monitored. These participants have a great
impact on the stability of collaborative networks.

Keywords: Collaborative networks, R&D, stability, social network analysis

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