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Title: Learning in Strategic Technology Alliances
Authors: SCHOENMAKERS, Wilfred
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: European International Business Academy
Citation: Proceedings of the European International Business Academy Annual Conference. p. 1-37.
Abstract: In this paper we examine the influence of strategic technology alliances on organisational learning. From an empirical perspective we examined the pre- and post- alliance knowledge bases of allying firms. We found 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 the 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. Strategic technology alliances turn out to be of significant importance for external organisational learning.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/8365
Category: C2
Type: Proceedings Paper
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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