Mind the Gap: Balancing Alliance Network and Technology Portolios During Periods of Technological Uncertainty

GILSING, Victor, VANHAVERBEKE, Wim, and PIETERS, Michiel (2012); Mind the gap: Balancing alliance network and technology portfolios during periods of technological uncertainty, Technological Forecasting and Social Change

38 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2011 Last revised: 12 Jun 2014

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Victor A. Gilsing

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) - Eindhoven Center for Innovation Studies (ECIS); Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM); Ministerie van Economische Zaken

Wim Vanhaverbeke

Hasselt University; University of Surrey; ESADE Business School

Michiel Pieters

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: December 8, 2010

Abstract

While clique-embeddedness is generally considered to enhance firm performance, there are also reasons to expect that under conditions of technological turbulence clique-membership is less beneficial or might even become a liability. To address this, we study the innovative performance of clique members during periods of both technological change and technological stability. We find support for the idea that companies’ ability to adapt their alliance network (i.e. forming ties beyond the scope of the clique) and their ability to adapt their technology portfolios (i.e. access to novel technological knowledge) positively influences their innovative performance during technologically turbulent periods.

Keywords: strategic alliancs, cliques, technological turbulence

Suggested Citation

Gilsing, Victor A. and Vanhaverbeke, Wim and Pieters, Michiel, Mind the Gap: Balancing Alliance Network and Technology Portolios During Periods of Technological Uncertainty (December 8, 2010). GILSING, Victor, VANHAVERBEKE, Wim, and PIETERS, Michiel (2012); Mind the gap: Balancing alliance network and technology portfolios during periods of technological uncertainty, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1924475 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1924475

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