Effects of Information Technology Capabilities on Strategic Alliances: Implications for the Resource‐Based View

23 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2016

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Constantinos S. Lioukas

EDHEC Business School

Jeffrey J. Reuer

Purdue University - Krannert School of Management

Maurizio Zollo

Bocconi University - Department of Management and Technology

Date Written: March 2016

Abstract

This paper adopts a contingency approach to the resource‐based view (RBV) of the firm and seeks to establish boundary conditions for the value of certain information technology (IT) capabilities. We first identify inter‐organizational alliances as a specific strategy context in which IT capabilities are particularly valuable. We then consider more detailed boundary conditions that can shape the value of these capabilities within the alliance context. Our study shows that firms with better IT capabilities can derive greater value from an alliance, yet this effect also varies across different types of alliances depending on an individual alliance's characteristics. Specifically, IT capabilities are more valuable for alliances with a non‐equity governance structure, as well as those involving a high degree of interdependence between partners. We highlight the implications of our findings for opportunities to advance the RBV.

Keywords: capabilities, information technology, resource‐based view (RBV), strategic alliances

Suggested Citation

Lioukas, Constantinos S. and Reuer, Jeffrey J. and Zollo, Maurizio, Effects of Information Technology Capabilities on Strategic Alliances: Implications for the Resource‐Based View (March 2016). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 53, Issue 2, pp. 161-183, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2726950 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joms.12179

Constantinos S. Lioukas (Contact Author)

EDHEC Business School

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Jeffrey J. Reuer

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Maurizio Zollo

Bocconi University - Department of Management and Technology ( email )

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Milan, MI 20136
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