Technological strategic alliances and performance : the mediating effect of knowledge-based competencies
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.
Camisón Zornoza, César Boronat Navarro, Montserrat Villar López, Ana 2010 Technological strategic alliances and performance : the mediating effect of knowledge-based competencies Journal of Strategic Management Education 7 26