Looking Inside the Pipes: The Effect of Resource Flow Dependencies in Alliance Portfolios

Posted: 8 Nov 2014 Last revised: 8 Jan 2015

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Manuela Hoehn-Weiss

Oregon State University

Samina Karim

Northeastern University

Chi-Hyon Lee

George Mason University - Department of Management

Date Written: October 1, 2014

Abstract

In this research we investigate how magnitude and direction of resource flows between a firm and its alliance portfolio as well as the complementary nature of resources affect firm performance. Building on the resource dependence theory, we develop and test arguments on a sample of 59 firms in the U.S. passenger airline industry during 1998-2011. We find that dependencies between a focal firm and its alliance portfolio — assessed by access to complementary resources, by power imbalance, by mutual dependence, and by interactions between complementary resource access and mutual dependence — affect firm performance in different ways, which has implications for the management of alliance portfolios.

Keywords: alliance; portfolio; resource flows; performance; resource dependence theory

Suggested Citation

Hoehn-Weiss, Manuela and Karim, Samina and Lee, Chi-Hyon, Looking Inside the Pipes: The Effect of Resource Flow Dependencies in Alliance Portfolios (October 1, 2014). Boston U. School of Management Research Paper No. 2520325, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2520325

Manuela Hoehn-Weiss (Contact Author)

Oregon State University ( email )

College of Business
443 Austin Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States

Samina Karim

Northeastern University ( email )

Boston, MA 02115
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.damore-mckim.northeastern.edu/faculty/k/karim-samina/

Chi-Hyon Lee

George Mason University - Department of Management ( email )

United States

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