To remain competitive in a world of global competition a company has to adapt to changing situations at an increasing speed. This often requires more resources than the company can provide. By combining the resources and core competencies of different companies in an ‘open innovation’ project the race might be won.
Therefore the capability of building and maintaining inter-organizational network relationships, such as joint ventures, license agreements, supplier customer partnerships and strategic alliances is increasingly viewed as key to sustained competitive advantage. This leads to the main objective of this book: To analyze different governance mechanisms that can be used by stakeholders, such as alliance managers, cluster coordinators and policy makers, to improve innovation alliance and network performance. The findings of this thesis aim at deriving recommendations to be applied at the international, national and regional level as well as at the innovation alliance level.