Keywords: inter-organisational relationships, alliance capability, R&, amp, D alliances, research and development, knowledge transfer, telecommunications industry, organisational learning, inter-partner competition, knowledge complementarity, trust
Inter-partner relationship, knowledge transfer mechanisms, and improved capability to manage R&D alliances: evidence from the telecommunications industry
This paper analyses the influence of the relationship between the alliance partners on the effectiveness of knowledge transfer mechanisms in promoting inter-organisational learning. In particular, we are interested in the role of inter-partner competition, knowledge complementarity and trust in moderating the relationship between the use of various knowledge transfer mechanisms and an improved capability to manage R&D alliances. Our results suggest that firms can expect utmost learning benefits from the use of knowledge transfer mechanisms in the presence of high inter-partner competition. In addition, we observe amplifying effects of knowledge complementarity and trust on the effectiveness of knowledge transfer mechanisms.