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Title: Learning in strategic technology alliances
Authors: SCHOENMAKERS, Wilfred
DUYSTERS, Geert
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
Citation: TECHNOLOGY ANALYSIS & STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT, 18(2). p. 245-264
Abstract: In this paper we examine the influence of strategic technology alliances on organisational learning. From an empirical perspective we examine the pre- and post-alliance knowledge bases of allying firms. We find that the pre- alliance knowledge base overlap of the allying firms has an inverted U-shaped relationship with the degree of learning taking place in the alliance. Alliances established for the purpose of learning also show a significantly greater increase in knowledge base overlap for the allying firms than for non-learning alliance or non-allying firms. This shows the particular importance of learning alliances as a vehicle for organisational learning and competence development. Contrary to what we expected we found that weak ties are more important than strong ties in organisational learning within strategic alliances.
Notes: Hasselt Univ, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium. UNU, MERIT, Maastricht, Netherlands. Eindhoven Univ Technol, NL-5600 MB Eindhoven, Netherlands.Schoenmakers, W, Hasselt Univ, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium.wilfred.schoenmakers@uhasselt.be
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/2018
DOI: 10.1080/09537320600624162
ISI #: 000237469600006
ISSN: 0953-7325
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2007
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