Skip to main content
Eastern Academy of Management International 2019 Conference

Full Program »

When Institutions Collide: Firms’ Innovation in Alliances Under Institutional Relatedness and Knowledge Ambiguity

Cristina O. Vlas
University of Massachusetts Amherst  |  United States
cvlas@isenberg.umass.edu

Radu E. Vlas
University of Massachusetts Amherst  |  United States
rvlas@isenberg.umass.edu


Keywords: institutional relatedness, institutional development, knowledge complexity, knowledge specificity, alliance exploration


Abstract: Firms’ orientations toward exploration in alliances reflects the characteristics of their knowledge resources. We first hypothesize that institutional relatedness—number and strength of institutional ties—increases the complexity and specificity of firms’ knowledge pool and that this effect is stronger in less developed societies. As complexity and specificity of firms’ knowledge pool increases, firms’ orientation towards exploratory alliances decreases because of difficulties in understanding and application of this knowledge. This study integrates institutional theory and intra-organizational knowledge transfer research by developing a model of institutional relatedness, knowledge ambiguity, and firms’ alliance orientation.

 


Powered by OpenConf®
Copyright ©2002-2018 Zakon Group LLC