The new nanotechnology firms’ roles during collaborative new product development with incumbents

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Faculty of entrepreneurship, Tehran University

2 Faculty of Entrepreneurship

3 faculty of entrpreneurship


New firms face with diverse challenges such as lack of resources. Business relationships are a special approach to reach other organizations’ resources and capabilities. Yet very little research has explained how new nanotechnology firms’ roles change during joint new product development process. This paper is applied and qualitative research based on longitudinal multi-case study of five collaborations between the new nanotechnology firms and incumbents from 1388 to 1395. The contribution of this research is available in two parts. First, the roles of the new nanotechnology firms change during collaboration from a “technology recommend-er” at the start to “technology developer” and then “incumbent’s value chain supplier” in mass production. Second, the result shows the evaluation of new nanotechnology firms’ role. This study provides a worthy illustration of these collaborations for researchers, businesses, and policy makers.


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