Recurrent Formation of Vertical R&D Alliances and Value Network Reconfiguration in Automotive GVCs

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When a lead firm is undertaking business-model innovation, it invites selected upstream partners in its global value chain (GVC) to its R&D alliance network. We argue that the upstream partner’s network advantages determine its likelihood to join the lead firm’s R&D alliance. Our analysis, based on data about automotive GVC, shows that having current ties increase the likelihood of R&D alliance formation. It further increases when the current ties cover multiple knowledge domains. It is also found that the effect of current ties is positively moderated by the upstream partners’ national institutional distances from the lead firm, but is independent of external ties it has with rival GVCs. Our finding shows an upstream partner can maximise its network advantages as a broker of flows between technological and geographic boundaries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2022
EventAcademy of Management Annual Meeting 2022: Creating a Better World Together. - Seattle, United States
Duration: 5 Aug 20229 Aug 2022


ConferenceAcademy of Management Annual Meeting 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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  • R&D Alliance
  • Global value chains
  • Knowledge Capital
  • Social Capital
  • Automotive Sector

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