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Title: Explorative versus exploitative alliances: evidence from the glass industry in China
Authors: Leung, VKK
Lau, MCK
Zhang, Z
Gu, FF 
Keywords: Alliance learning
Exploitative alliances
Explorative alliances
Process innovation
Product innovation
Small- and medium-sized enterprises
Structural equation modeling
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Routledge
Source: Journal of Chinese economic and business studies, 2015, v. 13, no. 2, p. 127-146 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies 
Abstract: How do firms learn from their alliance partners? Do alliance learning outcomes vary among different types of alliances? Are the learning differentials contingent upon contextual factors in an emerging economy? To address these important questions, this study empirically delineates the nature of explorative and exploitative alliances, examines how they affect product and process innovations, and investigates how such effects vary in different contexts. Using a sample of 220 Chinese firms in the glass industry, we use the structural equation modeling procedure to analyze the data. We find that explorative alliances have a stronger impact on both product and process innovations than do exploitative alliances, product, and process innovations are positively related to both market and efficiency performance, and environmental turbulence enhances the impact of product and process innovations. Our findings provide implications for choosing between explorative and exploitative alliances in line with alliance objectives and firms’ resources, and environmental contexts.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/15993
ISSN: 1476-5284
DOI: 10.1080/14765284.2015.1021115
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