Competence-based evolution of contractual R&D relationships

Veikko Seppänen, Kimmo Alajoutsijärvi, Matti Kurki

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This research addresses the mutual evolution of competencies and inter-organisational relationships, by using a longitudinal case study approach. The empirical phenomena that we investigate involve the professional research and development services offered by VTT Electronics, the contract research organisation. Within this context, we are interested in the relationships of one of the focal research groups of the organisation. Examples will be provided by the research and development of fault diagnosis systems, computers embedded in various kinds of electronic products designed for real-time condition monitoring. The evolution of the research and development relationships in the field of fault diagnosis between VTT Electronics and its research partners and customers will be analysed from the late eighties to the present date. The analysis, mainly based on written case data, addresses both the basic characteristics of fault diagnosis competence and the effect of their changes on the relationships of the focal organisation. Finally, some empirical, theoretical and managerial implications of our analysis will be presented.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Number of pages70
ISBN (Print)951-38-5231-8
Publication statusPublished - 1998
MoE publication typeNot Eligible

Publication series

SeriesVTT Publications


  • research and development
  • customer relationships
  • industrial networks
  • fault diagnosis
  • electronics
  • organization theory


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