Technology Alliances in Emerging Economies: Persistence and Interrelation in European Firms' Alliance Formation

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Jojo Jacob

Grenoble Ecole de Management

René Belderbos

University of Leuven (KUL) - Department of Managerial Economics, Strategy and Innovation; Maastricht University - Department of Organization & Strategy

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

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Date Written: November 2013

Abstract

We analyse the patterns and determinants of technology alliance formation with partner firms from emerging economies with a focus on European firms' alliance strategies. We examine to what extent European firms' alliance formation with partners based in emerging economies is persistent – that is, to what extent prior collaborative experience determines new alliance formation – and we compare this pattern with alliance formation with developed country partners. Second, we examine to what extent prior engagement in international alliances with partners from developed countries increases the propensity to form technology alliances with partners based in emerging economies, and vice versa (interrelation). We find that both persistence and interrelation effects are present, and that they are generally not weaker for emerging economy alliances. Alliance formation with Indian and Chinese firms is significantly more likely if firms have prior alliance experience with Japanese firms. The findings suggest that building on their prior international alliance experience firms extend their alliance portfolios across both developed and emerging economies, increasing the geographical diversity of their alliance portfolios.

Suggested Citation

Jacob, Jojo and Belderbos, Rene and Gilsing, Victor A., Technology Alliances in Emerging Economies: Persistence and Interrelation in European Firms' Alliance Formation (November 2013). R&D Management, Vol. 43, Issue 5, pp. 447-460, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2344538 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/radm.12028

Jojo Jacob

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