Learning and Specialization in Strategic Alliances

6 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2017

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Korcan Kavusan

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship

Niels G. Noorderhaven

Tilburg University - Center for Innovation Research

Geert Duysters

Tilburg University

Date Written: August 1, 2017

Abstract

We explore the conditions enabling partners in strategic alliances to acquire valuable technological knowledge from each other, and to specialize in complementary areas. Our findings show that knowledge acquisition across alliance partners is maximized when the technological knowledge bases of alliance partners are moderately similar, whereas highly similar or highly dissimilar knowledge bases enable partners to specialize in complementary areas. Moreover, both knowledge acquisition and specialization are enhanced when partners have experience in prior alliances. In rare cases, we observed knowledge acquisition and specialization occurring simultaneously between partners with similar knowledge bases and prior alliance experience.

Keywords: Strategic Alliances, Learning, Strategy

Suggested Citation

Kavusan, Korcan and Noorderhaven, Niels G. and Duysters, Geert, Learning and Specialization in Strategic Alliances (August 1, 2017). Rutgers Business Review, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3014735

Korcan Kavusan (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship ( email )

RSM Erasmus University
Rotterdam, 3000 DR
Netherlands

Niels G. Noorderhaven

Tilburg University - Center for Innovation Research

Geert Duysters

Tilburg University ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, DC 5000 LE
Netherlands

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