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Chapter 8

Chapter. 8. Chapter 8. Collaboration Strategies. McGraw-Hill/Irwin. © 2005 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved. The XenoMouse. Abgenix spent seven years and $40 million to produce a genetically-engineered mouse that could produce antibodies that would treat human illnesses.

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Chapter 8

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  1. Chapter 8 Chapter 8 Collaboration Strategies McGraw-Hill/Irwin © 2005 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. The XenoMouse • Abgenix spent seven years and $40 million to produce a genetically-engineered mouse that could produce antibodies that would treat human illnesses. • One antibody, ABX-EGF showed great promise for treating several types of cancer. Abgenix had to decide whether to: • License ABX-EGF to a pharmaceutical company which would do all further testing and commercialization (bear little risk and receive license royalties) • Use a joint venture with a biotechnology company to complete the testing and commercialization (bear moderate risk and split profits) • Pursue the ABX-EGF project as a solo venture (bear all risks and keep all profits)

  3. The XenoMouse Discussion Questions: • What are the pros and cons of Abgenix collaborating with a partner on ABX-EGF? • If Abgenix chooses collaboration, would it be better off licensing ABX-EGF to the pharmaceutical company, or forming a joint venture with the biotech company? • How does Abgenix’s decision about collaborating for ABX-EGF impact its prospects for its other drug development projects?

  4. Overview • Firms must often choose between performing innovation activities alone or in collaboration. • Collaboration can enable firms to achieve more, at a faster rate, and at less cost and risk. • However, collaboration also entails sharing control and rewards, and may risk partner malfeasance. • The advantages of going solo are compared with those of collaborating, and then different forms of collaboration are compared.

  5. Reasons for Going Solo • Whether a firm chooses to engage in solo development or collaboration will be influence by: • Availability of capabilities (does firm have needed capabilities in house? Does a potential partner?) • Protecting proprietary technologies (how important is it to keep exclusive control of the technology?) • Controlling technology development and use (how important is it for firm to direct development process and applications?) • Building and renewing capabilities (is the project key to renewing or developing the firm’s capabilities?)

  6. Advantages of Collaborating • Collaborating can offer the following advantages: • Obtaining needed skills or resources more quickly • Reducing asset commitment and increase flexibility • Learning from partner • Sharing costs and risks • Can build cooperation around a common standard Worldwide formation of new technology or research alliances is rising.

  7. Types of Collaborative Arrangements • There are numerous types of collaborative arrangements, each with its own advantages or costs. • Strategic Alliances: formal or informal agreements between two or more organizations (or other entities) to cooperate in some way. Doz and Hamel note that a firm’s alliance strategy might emphasize combiningcomplementary capabilities or transferring capabilities. It might also emphasize individual alliances or a network of alliances.

  8. Types of Collaborative Arrangements • Joint Ventures: A particular type of strategic alliance that entails significant equity investment and often establishes a new separate legal entity. • Licensing: a contractual arrangement that gives an organization (or individual) the rights to use another’s intellectual property, typically in exchange for royalties. • Outsourcing: When an organization (or individual) procures services or products from another rather than producing them in-house. • Collective Research Organizations: Organizations formed to facilitate collaboration among a group of firms.

  9. Research Brief Using Alliances and Licensing to Establish a Standard Charles Hill describes a range of strategies designed to help a firm’s technology become dominant.

  10. Choosing a Mode of Collaboration • Firms should match the trade-offs of a collaboration mode to their needs.

  11. Choosing and Monitoring Partners • Partner Selection • Resource fit: How well does the potential partner fit the resource needs of the project? Are resources complementary or supplementary? • Strategic fit: Does the potential partner have compatible objectives and styles? • Impact on Opportunities and Threats: How would collaboration impact bargaining power of customers and suppliers, degree of rivalry, threat of entry or substitutes? • Impact on Internal Strengths and Weaknesses: Would collaboration enhance firm’s strengths? Overcome its weaknesses? Create a competitive advantage? • Impact on Strategic Direction: Would the collaboration help the firm achieve its strategic intent?

  12. Choosing and Monitoring Partners • Partner Monitoring and Governance • Successful collaborations require clear yet flexible monitoring and governance mechanisms. • May utilize legally binding contractual arrangements. • Helps ensure partners are aware of rights and obligations. • Provides legal remedies for violations. • Contracts often include: • 1. What each partner is obligated to contribute. • 2. How much control each partner has in arrangement. • 3. When and how proceeds of collaboration will be distributed. • 4. Review and reporting requirements. • 5. Provisions for terminating relationship.

  13. Discussion Questions 1. What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of collaborating on a development project? 2. How does the mode of collaborating (e.g., strategic alliance, joint venture, licensing, outsourcing, collective research organization) influence the success of a collaboration? 3. Identify an example of collaboration between two or more organizations. What were the advantages and disadvantages of collaboration versus solo development? What collaboration mode did the partners choose? What were the advantages and disadvantages of the collaboration mode? 4. If a firm decides it is in its best interest to collaborate on a development project, how would you recommend the firm go about choosing a partner, a collaboration mode, and governance structure for the relationship?

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