A Longitudinal Study of the Influence of Alliance Network Structure and Composition on Firm Exploratory Innovation
Academy of Management Journal
47 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2009 Last revised: 12 Jun 2014
Date Written: June 8, 2009
This study examines the influence of the structure and composition of a firm’s alliance network on its exploratory innovation. In a longitudinal investigation of 77 telecommunications equipment manufacturers, I find the technological diversity of a firm’s alliance partners increases its exploratory innovation. I also find that network density among a firm’s alliance partners strengthens the influence of diversity. These results suggest the benefits of network closure and access to diverse information can coexist in a firm’s alliance network and the combination of the two increases exploratory innovation.
Keywords: Alliances, innovation, networks, search, social capital
JEL Classification: O32, L14, D83, L63
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