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International Journal of Strategic Business Alliances (6 papers in press)


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  • How Alliance Partner Characteristics Can Affect Performance? Empirical Evidence from Emerging Economies Context   Order a copy of this article
    by S. Hossein Jalali 
    Abstract: The growth of alliances in developing countries has generated significant interest among scholars. Forming alliance is a reliable solution for companies based in developing countries to gain advantage in international markets. Most of the previous studies present generic models or sets of characteristics for partner selection. In contrast, the current study suggests the partner characteristics which alliances' leaders should care about to be financially prosperous in international markets. Grounded in the resource-based view and review of recent studies, the theoretical framework of partner characteristics consisted of thirteen variables. The data was gathered from Iranian alliances and analyses were done through the principal component and multiple regression analyses. The findings stress the importance of cognitive capability and knowledge stock as the most effective partner characteristics in export performance of alliances. Specifically, results introduce a framework that addresses why managers select partners with certain, specific characteristics to improve the export performance of alliances.
    Keywords: Strategic Alliance; Alliance Partner; Partner Characteristics; Export Performance.

  • Entrepreneurial Collaboration for Performance in the Labor Brokerage Industry   Order a copy of this article
    by James Downing, Mark Shanley 
    Abstract: This research examines individual entrepreneurial collaborations through a strategic group theoretical application in the fragmented labor brokerage industry. We describe the nature of collective strategy and strategic group activity to understand the behavior of individuals collaborations on service transactions. The inter-firm and intra-firm collaborative behavior of entrepreneurs are observed using a multi-level fixed effects linear regression model with 445 firms and over 30,000 transactions. We find internal collaborative activity will not necessarily increase performance but it may assist in higher quality deal flow. This study suggests the entrepreneurial behavior of individuals operating in a fragmented industry will be to collaborate for more quality deals as opposed to more quantity deals. This behavior is similarly to participation in strategic groups at the firm level of analysis.
    Keywords: Entrepreneurial Collaboration; Strategic Groups; Entrepreneurial Market-Making; Labor Brokerage Industry; Interfirm Collaboration; Intrafirm Collaboration; Fragmented Industry; Professional Services; Performance; Entrepreneurial Alliances.

  • A New Approach to Measure the Outcomes of University Mergers   Order a copy of this article
    by Mosad Zineldin, Valentina Vasicheva 
    Abstract: Strategic alliances and mergers (SAMs) are well-known organizational instruments to increase the pool resources, competitive advantages, strengthen the power and strategic positioning for achieving synergy effects. This study aims to explore and measure the possible synergy effects of mergers using the 5Qs approach. Data for this study was collected from questionnaires. The data was analyzed using a multiple regression model in order to test the effect of the independent variables related to mergers and the dependent variable of synergy effects (SEF). The results indicate that not all qualities were significant but the infrastructure oriented construct (INFRA) and the process oriented construct (PROC) are the most significant in the regression models for obtaining better synergy effects (SEF) of the merger relationship. The study extracts the valuable lessons that might help others to effectively utilize mergers and strategic alliances between corporations and higher education institutions.
    Keywords: Mergers; Synergy Effects; Higher Education Institutions; Strategic alliance; achievement; TRM; Zineldin 5Qs.

  • Framework for identifying appropriate alliance governance structure for a Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) organization in an As-A-Service delivery scenario   Order a copy of this article
    by Sudipto Mazumdar, Kamal Kishore Jain 
    Abstract: While traditional Business Process Outsourcing had been restricted to outsourcing of standardized process functions not perceived as core to the organizations, the scenario has changed with Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) where non standardized knowledge intensive processes are also being outsourced by organizations. Also the expectation has changed further where the outsourcing organizations are no longer willing the draw the line of separation and management between business process and relevant technology outsourcing and are expecting an integrated As a Service approach from the service providers. Thus knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) service providers are confronted with the dual challenge of rapidly building niche capabilities closer to the core of the outsourcing organization as well as integrating the relevant technology hitherto under the purview of Information Technology outsourcing. In the scenarios of absence of the latter internally and the high effort and cost involved in building the capability on their own, the KPO organizations are looking at building strategic partnerships with information technology organizations to deliver the integrated As a Service client requirements. However the success of the endeavor significantly rests on the ability of the organization to manage the alliance (alliance management capability) as well as its ability of acquire, internalize and implement knowledge from partners (absorptive capacity). This paper attempts to develop a framework of possible alliance governance structures specifically aimed at the Knowledge Process Outsourcing in a As-a-Service scenario.
    Keywords: KPO; BPaaS; strategic alliances; learning from alliance; alliance governance; RBV.

  • The role of alliances in leveraging national local content policies for firm competitiveness   Order a copy of this article
    by Maksim Belitski, Yelena Kalyuzhnova, Dina Azhgaliyeva 
    Abstract: This study investigates the role of alliances and foreign ownership in leveraging local content policies for firm competitiveness. In international markets where competition is strong, firms that are part of a group or are foreign owned may demonstrate a higher level of competitiveness. Analysis of Kazakhstani firms over two periods, 2009 and 2013, before and after implementation of the local content policy outlines the importance of alliances and foreign ownership as a conduit of knowledge and resources.
    Keywords: Alliance; Firm Performance; Developing country; Local content Policy.

  • Determinants of International Strategic Alliance Process and Alliance Failure: Learning from the Volvo-Renault Break-up   Order a copy of this article
    by Desalegn Abraha Gebrekidan, Syeda-Masooda Mukhtar 
    Abstract: While scholarly focus has shifted from strategic alliance formation to alliance performance and thus outcome, the process that leads to a particular outcome i.e. alliance success or alliance failure, remains indeterminate. Given their high failure rate, there is a need to better understand the strategic alliance process to help alliances survive. In addressing this omission, we set out to study alliances that were terminated with a view to charting critical events that contributed to their break-up. Purposefully, the failed Volvo-Renault alliance within the European automotive sector is investigated. A Process Model for International Strategic Alliance Lifecycle is developed. Findings determine alliance partners learning and assessment as strategic inputs serving as binding forces, and as an \'alert mechanism\', whereby timely corrective actions are triggered in favor of alliance sustainability.
    Keywords: Strategic Alliance Process; Strategic Alliance Lifecycle; Alliance sustainability; Collaboration; Automotive Industry; Europe; Sweden; France.