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The innovative performance of alliance block members: Evidence from the microelectronics industry


  • Lemmens, Charmianne
  • Duysters, Geert
  • Letterie, Wilko
  • Vanhaverbeke, Wim


The primary goal of this paper is to improve our understanding of the relationship between the positioning of companies in technology alliance blocks –substructures in the alliance network- and their innovative performance. In particular, we expect that a firm’s innovative performance depends partly on its position in specific alliance network settings: block membership or non-block membership. Firms in alliance blocks derive their competitive advantage from the superior and particular technologies they develop and exploit together. Incorporating the moderating effect of the degree of technological specialization in alliance blocks yields more insight in the contextual issues affecting the relationship between alliance block membership and innovation performance.

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  • Lemmens, Charmianne & Duysters, Geert & Letterie, Wilko & Vanhaverbeke, Wim, 2009. "The innovative performance of alliance block members: Evidence from the microelectronics industry," MPRA Paper 26418, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2010.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:26418

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    strategic technology alliances; alliance block membership strategy; microelectronics industry; innovative performance; technology strategies;

    JEL classification:

    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives


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