IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this paper

Emerging Asian ICT global players: natural born collaborators or stuck with aliens?


  • Golonka, Monika


Researchers studying firm’s strategy have begun to recognize the role of alliances, alliances portfolio and alliances networks in access to the partners resources and it’s impact on a firms‘ performance, industry competition dynamics, and industry structure. Nevertheless, most studies have focused on firms’ alliance portfolios analysis based on single country only, mainly US Banking or Software Industry. The real “explosion” of alliances is the phenomena clearly observed in a global ICT Industry. ICT Industry is the one of the fastest-growing Industries directly shaping global communication and leading changes in many other market sectors. In this undoubtedly pioneering domain of changes caused by digital convergence, convergence of products and services we can observe an extreme growth of meaning of interfirm cooperation - alliances, alliance portfolios and alliance networks, as well as mergers and acquisitions. On the example of 30 leading global ICT giants and 10,247 alliances in their alliance portfolios, this study empirically tested and supported hypothesis that ICT firms from more “collective” cultures, or cultures characterized by “relational mindset” are more willing to cooperate with culturally diverse partners, forming multiple weak alliances (exploration alliances) then firms from individualistic cultures. The question appears that are they “natural born” collaborators or they stuck with existing Western giants on the global market? Quantitative analysis results have been illustrated by two examples of firms’ alliance portfolios: one from China and one from France.

Suggested Citation

  • Golonka, Monika, 2012. "Emerging Asian ICT global players: natural born collaborators or stuck with aliens?," MPRA Paper 40665, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:40665

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    File Function: original version
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    1. Bruce Kogut & Harbir Singh, 1988. "The Effect of National Culture on the Choice of Entry Mode," Journal of International Business Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Academy of International Business, vol. 19(3), pages 411-432, September.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    More about this item


    Interfirm Cooperation; Emerging markets; ICT; Global Strategy;

    JEL classification:

    • M0 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - General
    • L14 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • L10 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - General
    • F01 - International Economics - - General - - - Global Outlook

    NEP fields

    This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:40665. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Joachim Winter). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.