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Trust in European-Japanese R&D partnerships: a case study

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Empirical studies on trust remain relatively rare, especially in the area of cooperation in R&D in high technology activities. This article aims at partially fulfilling this gap. Starting with a brief synthesis of the literature dedicated to trust in cooperations, on interpersonal, intra-organisational and inter-organisational levels, an exploratory longitudinal study has been undertaken on the field to enhance the trust production mechanisms and their evolution. The case studies relate to the cooperation undertaken by a European firm with a Japanese company.

Keywords: case study, cooperation, high technology, international, Japanese, trust

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