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Handbook on International Alliance and Network Research

Edited by Jorma Larimo, Professor, University of Vaasa, Niina Nummela, Professor, University of Turku and Tuija Mainela, Professor, University of Oulu, Finland
Over the past few decades, alliance and networks have been generally examined individually. This Handbook sheds new light on this research by combining the two topics and focuses on highlighting their similarities. The expert contributors discuss topics surrounding the state-of-the-art in alliance and network research, conceptual development in alliance and network research and empirical evidence of international alliances and networks. They combine diverse types of studies including literature reviews, conceptual papers and empirical studies in order to provide the reader with a comprehensive understanding of the topic.
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Publication Date: 2015
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  • Business and Management
  • International Business
Over the past few decades, alliance and networks have been generally examined individually. This Handbook sheds new light on this research by combining the two topics and focuses on highlighting their similarities.

The expert contributors discuss topics surrounding the state-of-the-art in alliance and network research such as organising opportunities in international entrepreneurship; transaction costs in alliances and joint ventures; diaspora networks; and national culture and international alliances. They go on to look at conceptual developments relating to born globals; subsidiary performance; internationalisation; and knowledge transfer and organisational learning. Finally, they present empirical evidence of international alliances and networks. They combine diverse types of studies including literature reviews, conceptual papers and empirical studies in order to provide the reader with a comprehensive understanding of the topic.

Researchers with an interest in joint ventures and alliance and networks, along with students and academics of international business will find this book to be a valuable resource.
‘The book by Jorma Larimo, Niina Nummela and Tuija Mainela on interfirm collaboration is a welcome addition to a growing field of study. This volume provides many novel contributions that shift the focus from organizational boundaries to the actions and actors, providing a number of new perspectives on alliances and networks in the context of international business. This book provides an interesting overview on emerging questions that relate to international alliances and networks that will provide food for thought for scholars and managers.’
– Anthony Goerzen, Queen's University, Canada

‘Along with their impressive set of contributors, Larimo, Nummela and Mainela address the major issues that have led to the fragmented nature and inconsistency in research results in the literatures of alliances and networks. This book fills many of the structural holes in these two research domains and identifies the most fruitful areas for future scholarly work.’
– Patricia McDougall-Covin, Indiana University, US
Contributors: S. Andersson, U. Andersson, A. Arslan, G.B. Awuah, P Ekman, M. Elo, C. Erixon, N. Evers, P.N. Ghauri, M. Hilmersson, M. Hsia-Wen Ho, M. Johanson, V. Kaartemo, J. Larimo, C. López-Duarte, H. Lundberg, T. Mainela, H. Makkonen, M. Marinov, S.T. Marinova, L.-G. Mattsson, H. Merchant, K.E. Meyer, N. Mirc, N. Nummela, R. Olkkonen, U.F. Ott, S. Papaioannou, E. Pernu, V. Puhakka, P.A. Ryan, S. Saarenketo, A. Salmi, P. Servais, A. Smith, A. Thyr, L. Torkkeli, P. Very, M.M. Vidal-Suárez, Y. Wang












Contents:

Introduction: Filling Gaps in Research on Interfirm Collaboration - Focus on Alliances and Networks
Jorma Larimo, Niina Nummela and Tuija Mainela

PART I STATE-OF-THE-ART IN ALLIANCE AND NETWORK RESEARCH
1. Diaspora Networks in International Business: A Review on an Emerging Stream of Research
Maria Elo

2. National Culture and International Alliances: A Review of Recent Literature
Cristina López-Duarte and Marta M. Vidal-Suárez

3. Hybrid Ways of Organizing Opportunities in International Entrepreneurship
Tuija Mainela, Vesa Puhakka and Per Servais

4. Transaction Cost Perspectives on Alliances and Joint Ventures: Explanatory Power and Empirical Limitations
Klaus E. Meyer and Yi Wang

PART II CONCEPTUAL DEVELOPMENT IN ALLIANCE AND NETWORK RESEARCH
5. International Growth in Born Globals – Continued Growth through Networking on Institutionally Distant Markets
Svante Andersson and Gabriel Baffour Awuah

6. Internal MNC Structures’ Bearing on Externally Embedded Subsidiaries’ Organizational Performance
Ulf Andersson, Peter Ekman and Cecilia Erixon

7. Business Networks, Firm Strategy, Opportunity Development and Strategic Outcomes: A Conceptualization of the Initial Phase of Firm Internationalization
Mikael Hilmersson, Martin Johanson, Heléne Lundberg, Stylianos Papaioannou and Aron Thyr

8. Knowledge Transfer and Organizational Learning Processes in International Strategic Alliances: The Determinants, Consequences, and Moderators
Mia Hsiao-Wen Ho and Pervez N. Ghauri

9. The Potential of Network Pictures for International Alliance and Network Research
Valtteri Kaartemo, Hannu Makkonen and Rami Olkkonen

10. Dynamic Contracting Scenarios in International Strategic Alliances: Inter-temporal Culturally Sensitive Incentive Schemes
Ursula F. Ott

11. Overlapping of Networks during the Transformation of the Russian Economy
Asta Salmi and Lars-Gunnar Mattsson

PART III EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE OF INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCES AND NETWORKS
12. Inside Born Globals’ International Network: A Microscopic Study of the Irish Digital Animation Sector
Adele Smith, Paul A. Ryan and Natasha Evers

13. Greenfield Joint Ventures vs. Partial Acquisitions: Determinants of Collaborative Entry Strategies of Finnish Multinational Enterprises
Ahmad Arslan and Jorma Larimo

14. Sustaining a Business: From Partnership to Acquisition
Svetla Trifonova Marinova and Marin Marinov

15. Institutional Signatures or Firm-specific Imprints? Joint Venture Profiles and the Performance Panorama in Five Emerging Market Groups
Hemant Merchant

16. Network Brokers as a Resource for Ensuring Acquisition Integration
Nicola Mirc and Philippe Very

17. Individual Acting in Customer-focused Internal Networks
Elina Pernu

18. The Development of Network Competence in an Internationalized SME
Lasse Torkkeli, Sami Saarenketo and Niina Nummela

Index