Learning to Coordinate in Alliances: Toward a Microfoundation Framework

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Building on the knowledge-based view of the firm, in this chapter we present a framework that lays the microfoundations of alliance coordination. The basic components of the framework are individual-level capabilities, routines, knowledge pieces, and coordination schemes. We show how these components lay the bases of coordination at the intrafirm level and we extend the framework to the alliance level. We also show how the framework can be used to design learning paths for partners so they can coordinate alliance activities at the implementation stage. We illustrate the framework with the case of AISBE, an alliance in the health-care industry. We submit that this framework opens an important avenue for research on alliance coordination.
Bibliographic citation: Ariño, Africa; Andreu i Civit, Rafael, "Learning to Coordinate in Alliances: Toward a Microfoundation Framework". In: Farok J. Contractor and Jeffrey J. Reuer. Frontiers of Strategic Alliance Research: Negotiating, Structuring and Governing Partnerships. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. pp 135 - 151
Date: 03/2019
Author(s): Ariño, Africa; Andreu i Civit, Rafael
Document type: Chapter
Languages: English