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Portfolio management of strategic alliances: An international business perspective

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  • Vapola, Terhi Johanna
  • Paukku, Markus
  • Gabrielsson, Mika
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    This paper extends the Integration-Responsiveness ([Bartlett and Ghoshal, 1989] and [Prahalad and Doz, 1987]) international business framework of multinational companies (MNCs) strategies in order to explain the MNC's various approaches to managing strategic alliance portfolios. Our research shows that the alliance portfolios of MNCs differ significantly with respect to partner integration and partner heterogeneity. We argue that the choice regarding the management of alliance portfolios depends on the MNC's international strategy. The empirical results reveal the impact of local responsiveness through the partner heterogeneity, and the impact of MNC integration on the level of global partner integration respectively.

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    Volume (Year): 19 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 (June)
    Pages: 247-260

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    Keywords: Integration International business management Portfolio management Responsiveness Strategic alliances Strategy;

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    1. Amirpouyan Balali Harandi Author_Email: & Dr. David Yong & Dr. Murali Raman, 2011. "Partner Selection For Strategic Alliances Between Ecommerce Companies, A Conceptual Model," 2nd International Conference on Business and Economic Research (2nd ICBER 2011) Proceeding 2011-242, Conference Master Resources.
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    3. Manuel Portugal Ferreira & Fernando A. Ribeiro Serra & Benny Kramer Costa, 2011. "The RBV in International Business Studies: A bibliometric study of Barney?s (1991) contribution to the field," Working Papers 82, globADVANTAGE, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria.

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