This book studies the dynamics of alliance group formation in technology-based networks. The author attempts to develop the concept of alliance blocks from a social network perspective, and explores the relationship between alliance block membership and innovative performance in a changing technological environment. The book demonstrates that as an alliance network grows, the likelihood of alliance block formation also increases. Over time the technology profiles of alliance block members tend to become more similar, which eventually leads to a reduction in innovative activity. However, the author presents evidence that by pursuing a block membership strategy under conditions of cumulative or disruptive technological change, innovative performance can be improved. She also reveals that, when compared to their non-member counterparts, firms in alliance blocks are likely to apply for more patents, hold more central positions in the network, have larger revenues and undertake more R&D intensive research. In addition, they are also inclined to originate from an Asian background.
This is the first book to propose a well-developed theoretical framework, supported by empirical evidence, to explain alliance block formation processes and their effect on innovative performance. As such, it fills a substantial gap in the literature on competitive rivalry among alliances, an increasingly important area of research. It will be essential reading for academics and practitioners in the fields of industrial organization, strategic management, technological alliances, competition and innovation studies.
1. Introduction to the Study 2. Definitions, Data and Methodology 3. The Enabling Effect of Embeddedness 4. The Constraining Effect of Embeddedness 5. Alliance Block Members: Who are They? 6. The Innovative Performance of Block Members 7. Technological Change and Performance of Block Members 8. Discussion and Conclusions 9. Summary References Index
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