Title: Theoretical perspectives of strategic alliances: a literature review and an integrative framework

Authors: Xu Jiang

Addresses: The School of Management, Xi'an Jiaotong University 28 Xianning West Road, 710049 Xi'an, China

Abstract: This paper aims to comment on the rationale of strategic alliances. A number of theoretical approaches shown in the mainstream literature, including transaction cost economics, resource-based view, and knowledge-based view, are reviewed and analysed. The results show that none of the three perspectives can provide a complete explanation for alliance formation and management. The paper thus proposes an integrative framework for organising the literature on the alternative perspectives of strategic alliances. The foregoing three perspectives, as well as organisational learning and innovation theories, are integrated to provide a more thorough understanding for the evolving complex phenomenon of strategic alliances.

Keywords: strategic alliances; TCE; transaction cost economics; RBW; resource-based view; KBV; knowledge-based view; organisational learning; innovation; literature review.

DOI: 10.1504/IJITM.2011.042591

International Journal of Information Technology and Management, 2011 Vol.10 No.2/3/4, pp.272 - 295

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 18 Sep 2011 *

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