Do Firms Learn to Manage Alliance Portfolio Diversity? The Diversity‐Performance Relationship and the Moderating Effects of Experience and Capability

14 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2012

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Geert Duysters

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) - Eindhoven Center for Innovation Studies (ECIS); University of Maastricht

Koen H. Heimeriks

Independent

Boris Lokshin

Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics

Anna Sabidussi

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Elise Meijer

University of Antwerp

Date Written: Autumn 2012

Abstract

Building on organizational learning theory, this study examines whether firms learn to manage alliance portfolio diversity. We argue that alliance portfolio diversity may be advantageous as well as disadvantageous for alliance portfolio performance. Subsequently, we theorize that the diversity‐performance relationship is moderated by the firm's alliance experience and capability. Bridging the previously separated literature of diversity and learning, our findings show a curvilinear relationship between diversity and performance. More important, using survey data, we reveal some key processes through which firms learn to manage alliance portfolio diversity.

Keywords: alliance capability, alliance experience, alliance performance, alliance portfolio diversity

Suggested Citation

Duysters, Geert and Heimeriks, Koen H. and Lokshin, Boris and Sabidussi, Anna and Meijer, Elise, Do Firms Learn to Manage Alliance Portfolio Diversity? The Diversity‐Performance Relationship and the Moderating Effects of Experience and Capability (Autumn 2012). European Management Review, Vol. 9, Issue 3, pp. 139-152, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2164017 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1740-4762.2012.01034.x

Geert Duysters (Contact Author)

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Koen H. Heimeriks

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Boris Lokshin

Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics ( email )

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Anna Sabidussi

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Elise Meijer

University of Antwerp

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Antwerp, Antwerp 2000
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