Unveiling the Temporally Contingent Role of Codification in Alliance Success

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract

While prior research highlights the importance of codifying alliance experience to achieve alliance success, it is unclear whether codification is equally useful in the different phases of an alliance. Based on a sample of 192 technology firms that report on over 3,400 strategic alliances, we find that in the partner selection and termination phases, reliance on codified knowledge is useful. However, in the partner management phase, reliance on codified knowledge is less beneficial and can be even negatively related to performance. Our findings have implications for the tension between flexibility and efficiency and the relationship between structure and performance.

Authors Heimeriks, K.; Bingham, C. & Laamanen, Tomi
Journal or Publication Title Strategic Management Journal
Language English
Keywords alliances; codification; capability; learning; knowledge
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date 1 March 2015
Publisher Wiley
Place of Publication Chichester
Volume 36
Number 3
Page Range 462-473
Number of Pages 12
ISSN 0143-2095
ISSN-Digital 1097-0266
Publisher DOI 10.1002/smj.2224
Depositing User Susanne Hoare-Widmer
Date Deposited 17 Apr 2015 16:32
Last Modified 23 Aug 2016 11:21
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/240532

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Heimeriks, K.; Bingham, C. & Laamanen, Tomi (2015) Unveiling the Temporally Contingent Role of Codification in Alliance Success. Strategic Management Journal, 36 (3). 462-473. ISSN 0143-2095

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