The Knowledge Spillover Theory of Entrepreneurship in Alliances

28 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2014

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Chengli Shu

Independent

Cuijuan Liu

Independent

Shanxing Gao

Independent

Mark Shanley

Purdue University - Krannert School of Management

Date Written: July 2014

Abstract

We develop and examine a framework for the knowledge spillover theory of entrepreneurship in alliances. Our framework regards entrepreneurial opportunity as endogenous, and entrepreneurial firms as heterogeneous. The empirical findings show that partners' knowledge protection, which is regarded as a knowledge filter, can increase knowledge spillovers in an alliance. Moreover, this relationship is contingent on the strength of a focal firm's entrepreneurial orientation and on alliance type (equity joint venture versus nonequity joint venture). Results also reveal that knowledge spillovers in an alliance enhance alliance performance more significantly than they enhance firm performance.

Suggested Citation

Shu, Chengli and Liu, Cuijuan and Gao, Shanxing and Shanley, Mark, The Knowledge Spillover Theory of Entrepreneurship in Alliances (July 2014). Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol. 38, Issue 4, pp. 913-940, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2462627 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/etap.12024

Chengli Shu

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Cuijuan Liu

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Shanxing Gao

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Mark Shanley

Purdue University - Krannert School of Management

1310 Krannert Building
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1310
United States

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