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

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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

Jojo Jacob

Grenoble Ecole de Management

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Date Written: 2013

Abstract

We analyse 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 firms extend their alliance portfolio from developed to emerging economies, increasing the geographic diversity of their alliance portfolio and building on their prior international alliance experience.

Keywords: Alliances, Persistence, Interrelation, Emerging economies

Suggested Citation

Belderbos, Rene and Gilsing, Victor A. and Jacob, Jojo, Technology Alliances in Emerging Economies: Persistence and Interrelation in European Firms' Alliance Formation (2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2381993 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2381993

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