R&D Cooperation in Collaborative Consumption of Research Equipment: An ERGM Approach

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High-tech research infrastructure is essential for state-of-the-art research, but requires many resources. Relatively weak actors, such as SMEs, cannot secure enough of those. Applying the concept of collaborative consumption via digital platforms, we examine the cooperative behavior of Korean SMEs that share research equipment to overcome their lack of resources. Also, we analyze configurations of a collaborative consumption network using the Exponential Random Graph Model. Network structural factor analysis shows sufficient effects of network positive feedback through cooperative consumption with a variety of popular providers and attributes analysis shows that SMEs frequently engage in collaborative consumption with their counterparts in the same region. This new cooperative model can achieve a virtuous cycle of policies, as it increases the efficiency of research infrastructure, preventing the unnecessary building of new research equipment and enabling relocation of underutilized infrastructure and online reservation of equipment.
Publisher
ELSEVIER
Issue Date
2023-07
Language
English
Article Type
Article
Citation

SOCIAL NETWORKS, v.74, pp.118 - 126

ISSN
0378-8733
DOI
10.1016/j.socnet.2023.03.001
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/305580
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RIMS Journal Papers
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