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Knowledge creation and application in technology collaboration portfolio Two cases in China

Liu, Yang; Ying, Ying and Pan Fagerlin, Wen LU (2015) In Chinese Management Studies 9(4). p.571-588
Abstract
Purpose - This study aims at developing a better understanding of the different mechanisms that affect technology collaboration portfolio management. How do firms manage their technology collaboration portfolio? Despite some thoughtful scholars have advanced the understanding of the phenomenon of technology collaboration portfolio, there is not much research that has been done in terms of understanding the endeavors of firms when they collectively use a range of actors for the best interests of the firms. Additionally, little attention has been paid to the trade-offs and managing mechanisms for the collaborations between different partners from a portfolio-level perspective, especially in emerging markets. Design/methodology/approach - A... (More)
Purpose - This study aims at developing a better understanding of the different mechanisms that affect technology collaboration portfolio management. How do firms manage their technology collaboration portfolio? Despite some thoughtful scholars have advanced the understanding of the phenomenon of technology collaboration portfolio, there is not much research that has been done in terms of understanding the endeavors of firms when they collectively use a range of actors for the best interests of the firms. Additionally, little attention has been paid to the trade-offs and managing mechanisms for the collaborations between different partners from a portfolio-level perspective, especially in emerging markets. Design/methodology/approach - A multiple-case study of two Chinese high-tech firms, an inductive approach. Findings - The authors identified three primary mechanisms that underlie successful knowledge creation and application in technology collaboration portfolio context: informally mobilizing boundary-spanning brokers for domestic academic collaborations, formally institutionalizing learning activities for industry collaborations and integrating formal and informal mechanisms for technology collaborations between focused firms and foreign organizations. Originality/value - The authors extend the line of organizational ambidexterity literature with a focus on strategic alliance, proposing that firms need to balance academic and industry collaborations from a portfolio level. Moreover, the authors intend to extend the literature of alliance portfolio by suggesting three different learning mechanisms of managing different technology collaborations for the purpose of balancing successful knowledge creation and application. (Less)
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China, Portfolio, Learning mechanism, Technology collaboration
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Chinese Management Studies
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9
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4
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571 - 588
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Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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1750-6158
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10.1108/CMS-07-2014-0134
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English
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  author       = {Liu, Yang and Ying, Ying and Pan Fagerlin, Wen},
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  keyword      = {China,Portfolio,Learning mechanism,Technology collaboration},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {571--588},
  publisher    = {Emerald Group Publishing Limited},
  series       = {Chinese Management Studies},
  title        = {Knowledge creation and application in technology collaboration portfolio Two cases in China},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/CMS-07-2014-0134},
  volume       = {9},
  year         = {2015},
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