Absorptive Capacity and Ambidexterity in R&D: Linking Technology Alliance Diversity and Firm Innovation

20 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2016

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Abel Lucena

University of the Balearic Islands, and CREB

Stephen Roper

University of Warwick - Centre for Small and Medium Enterprises

Date Written: Autumn 2016

Abstract

The aim of this study is to examine how firms realize the benefits associated with a diverse range of technology alliances. We propose and test the hypothesis that firms’ knowledge combinative capabilities mediate the relationship between technology alliance diversity and innovation. Using panel data for Spanish manufacturing companies during the period 2004–2011, we provide evidence that firms’ absorptive capacity and ambidexterity in R&D serve as mediating mechanisms between technology alliance diversity and innovative performance. Our study advances the literature on technology alliances by showing how firms use their portfolios of technology alliances to form their combinative capabilities, and subsequently, to enhance innovation outcomes.

Keywords: absorptive capacity; ambidexterity; technology-alliance diversity; firm innovation; mediation analysis

Suggested Citation

Lucena, Abel and Roper, Stephen, Absorptive Capacity and Ambidexterity in R&D: Linking Technology Alliance Diversity and Firm Innovation (Autumn 2016). European Management Review, Vol. 13, Issue 3, pp. 159-178, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2867170 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/emre.12074

Abel Lucena (Contact Author)

University of the Balearic Islands, and CREB ( email )

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Spain
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Stephen Roper

University of Warwick - Centre for Small and Medium Enterprises ( email )

Coventry
United Kingdom

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