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Avoiding alliance myopia: forging learning outcomes for long-term success

Hamid Mazloomi Khamseh (Assistant Professor, based at Department of Strategy and Innovation, ESC Rennes School of Business, Rennes, France)
Maryam Nasiriyar (Assistant Professor, based at Department of Strategy and Innovation, ESC Rennes School of Business, Rennes, France)

Journal of Business Strategy

ISSN: 0275-6668

Article publication date: 15 July 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to develop a framework for understanding the learning outcomes of strategic alliances.

Design/methodology/approach

On the basis of two dimensions of any strategic alliance – that is, similarity or dissimilarity of contribution of partners and explorative or exploitative nature of alliance – the author proposes a framework that recognizes four types of learning outcomes.

Findings

The distinction of four types of alliance enables the author to identify their distinctive characteristics and learning outcomes.

Originality/value

The paper increases the awareness of managers about the learning outcomes of strategic alliances, which helps managers to consider intended learning outcomes not only in planning, managing and evaluating any individual alliance but also in managing the alliance portfolio.

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Citation

Mazloomi Khamseh, H. and Nasiriyar, M. (2014), "Avoiding alliance myopia: forging learning outcomes for long-term success", Journal of Business Strategy, Vol. 35 No. 4, pp. 37-44. https://doi.org/10.1108/JBS-10-2013-0099

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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