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Knowledge transfer in alliances: the moderating role of the alliance type

Hamid Mazloomi Khamseh

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We analyse how the impact of determinants of inter-firm knowledge transfers in alliances can be moderated by the proximity of the resources pooled by partners. Six factors are examined: relative absorptive capacity (RAC), inter-partner trust, cultural distance between allies, knowledge ambiguity, knowledge protection, and the partners’ learning intent. We distinguish alliances mobilizing similar resources by partners (called ‘endogamies’ as allies build on their similarities) from alliances pooling different resources (called ‘exogamies’ as allies build on their differences). We propose that: (a) the impact of RAC on knowledge transfers is reinforced in exogamies, but reduced in endogamies; (b) the knowledge ambiguity and cultural distance effect is less in endogamies than in exogamies; (c) the trust and knowledge protection impact is stronger in exogamies than in endogamies; (d) the learning intent impact on knowledge transfers is similar in endogamies and exogamies.
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hal-04066327 , version 1 (12-04-2023)

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Hamid Mazloomi Khamseh, Dominique Jolly. Knowledge transfer in alliances: the moderating role of the alliance type. Knowledge Management Research and Practice, 2017, 12 (4), pp.409-420. ⟨10.1057/kmrp.2012.63⟩. ⟨hal-04066327⟩
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