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PhD Defense Ir. M.N. Nasiri MSc

Date: Time: 13:30 Location: Aula

Essays on the impact of different forms of collaborative R&D on innovation and technological change

  • Location: Cobbenhagen building, Aula (access via Koopmans building)
  • Supervisors: Prof. G.M. Duijsters, Prof. N.G. Noorderhaven
  • Co-supervisor: Dr. Z. He

Tilburg University follows the guidelines of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) concerning the corona virus. Due to the most recent developments, we offer these PhD defenses via a live stream. Therefore, the ceremony can be attended online via this live stream.


R&D alliance is a multifaceted phenomenon, in which various socio-technological mechanisms operate in the interaction of partner firms. This dissertation is composed of three studies to shed light on different dimensions of firms’ resources and performance in different forms of R&D collaborations. These studies consider (1) how the partner firms differences with respect to different dimensions of their knowledge bases influence inter-firm learning in dyadic R&D alliances, (2) how the partner firm differences in their resources across locales influence the multi-partner alliance performances at both alliance and firm levels, and (3) how firms leverage R&D collaboration to navigate the dynamics of technology selection during technology change. The findings of these studies tie together to the extent that they clarify the complex dynamics that exist between individual firms and their alliance partners in order to realize individual and joint value. In general, this dissertation contributes to the strategy and technology management literature by elucidating the less-explored dimensions of the firm’s resources and performance in R&D collaborations.

Mohammad Nasir Nasiri (1980) received a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University in Tehran, Iran in 2002. He then worked as an electrical engineer until 2010 when he obtained an MBA degree from Sharif University. He continued working as an internal management consultant until he decided to move back into academia. He received a Research Master degree in Management from CenTER Graduate School, Tilburg University, in 2016. In September 2016, he joined the Ph.D. in Business Program of CentER Graduate School, Tilburg University, and conducted his research with Department of Management at Tilburg School of Economics and Management. In September 2019, he joined University of Amsterdam Business School as an Assistant Professor of Strategy. He can be reached at