Knowledge transfer and organizational learning processes in international strategic alliances: The determinants, consequences, and moderators

Mia Hsiao Wen Ho, Pervez N. Ghauri

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Abstract

This chapter reconsiders the determinants, consequences, and moderators of knowledge transfer and organizational learning processes in international strategic alliances by highlighting the contextual differences between partners. We argue institutional distance and realized absorptive capacity as critical moderators in the processes of knowledge transfer and organizational learning, which in turn, determine the alliance performance. We also unpack the transferring and learning processes by demonstrating how the transferor firm’s behavior towards knowledge transfer influences the recipient firm’s learning mechanisms. We propose relationship quality as an important determinant of the transferor firm’s protective behavior, which will subsequently affect the level of knowledge acquisition by the recipient firm. Yet knowledge acquisition will be significantly reduced if the negative impact of knowledge protection is intensified by large institutional distance between alliance partners. We further assert that an alliance performance does not necessarily rely on the level of knowledge acquisition but, rather, is dependent on the firm’s realized absorptive capacity to apply sufficient, acquired knowledge to the alliance context.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on International Alliance and Network Research
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Pages195-228
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9781783475483
ISBN (Print)9781783475476
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Jorma Larimo, Niina Nummela and Tuija Mainela 2015.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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