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Technological strategic alliances and performance: The mediating effect of knowledge-based competencies

JSME Vol 6: Issue 1, 2010

Author(s): César Camisón-Zornoza and Montserrat Boronat-Navarro (Jaume I University, Spain) and Ana Villar-López (Universitat de Valencia, Spain)

This study provides an empirical evidence of the relationship that exists between participation in technological strategic alliances and business performance by considering the knowledge-based distinctive competencies that the alliance is capable of generating as a mediating variable. The generation of knowledge in technological strategic alliances explains the contradictory results in the literature about the direct effect of strategic alliances on economic performance. The study uses a sample of Spanish industrial firms.

The results findings prove that the relationship between technological strategic alliances, and performance is mediated by the generation of knowledge-based distinctive competencies; and that the contribution of the participation in alliances to the growth of the firm’s knowledge stock depends on its creation of innovation competencies. R&D managers should enhance the development of this kind of competencies in order to achieve superior performance.

Keywords: Strategic alliances, knowledge-based and innovation competencies, performance

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