Learning in strategic technology alliances

W.W.M.E. Schoenmakers, G.M. Duysters

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In this paper we examine the influence of strategic technology alliances on organisational learning. From an empirical perspective we examine the pre- and post-alliance knowledge bases of allying firms. We find that the pre-alliance knowledge base overlap of the allying firms has an inverted U-shaped relationship with the degree of learning taking place in the alliance. Alliances established for the purpose of learning also show a significantly greater increase in knowledge base overlap for the allying firms than for non-learning alliance or non-allying firms. This shows the particular importance of learning alliances as a vehicle for organisational learning and competence development. Contrary to what we expected we found that weak ties are more important than strong ties in organisational learning within strategic alliances.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-264
Number of pages15
JournalTechnology Analysis and Strategic Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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