Globalization through interfirm cooperation: technological anchors and temporal nature of alliances across geographical boundaries
by Varghese P. George
International Journal of Technology Management (IJTM), Vol. 10, No. 1, 1995

Abstract: Anchored on theory of technological innovation and structural theory, and using a comprehensive dataset of US-centred global alliances for 1985-1990, the paper shows the overwhelming influence of technological intensity in the formation of interfirm alliances. This evidence enormously strengthens the open system version of the theory of technological innovation. The paper also shows that globalization manifested through cross-national alliances has become fairly stable at all levels of technological intensity. However, industry variances in globalization, where they exist, can be explained by comparative advantages of regions. The observation that domestic and foreign alliances change in tandem has serious implication for policy makers. Interfirm Cooperation at home and abroad needs to be simultaneously negotiated.

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