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Configurations of Alliance Governance Systems


  • Sascha Albers


Using the configurational approach, I synthesize alliance governance research by interpreting alliance governance systems as organizational form. I identify and analyze a set of design and contingency parameters and their interrelationships resulting in five configurations of alliance governance systems. These configurations are valuable for scholars in that they deepen our understanding of alliances along organization theoretical dimensions and expand the organization design literature to the field of interfirm alliances. For management practice, these configurations are valuable in that they can serve as diagnostic tools for alliance design.

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  • Sascha Albers, 2010. "Configurations of Alliance Governance Systems," Schmalenbach Business Review (sbr), LMU Munich School of Management, vol. 62(3), pages 204-233, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:sbr:abstra:v:62:y:2010:i:3:p:204-233

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    Cited by:

    1. Basant, Rakesh & Rai, Rajnish, 2013. "Alliance Capability, Governance Mechanisms And Stakeholder Management In Complex Settings," IIMA Working Papers WP2013-05-10, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Research and Publication Department.
    2. Albers, Sascha, 2013. "Cooperation and competition dynamics of business networks: A strategic management perspective," Working Paper Series 111, University of Cologne, Department of Business Policy and Logistics.

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    Alliance Governance; Configuration Theory; Organization Design.;

    JEL classification:

    • L14 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation
    • L24 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Contracting Out; Joint Ventures


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