Alliance partners diversity for open innovation: The role of network position and external knowledge acquisition

Chun Hsien Wang, Ching Hsing Chang, Chih Cheng Lo, Sean Hsiang Yin

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Abstract

This study advances the research on alliance partner diversity and the network perspective by examining how a firm's network position and external knowledge acquisition strategically shape the relation between alliance partner diversity and open innovation. Building on the knowledge-based and social capital theories, this study extends the model by hypothesizing that the ways in which alliance partner diversity drives open innovation from the central position of an interfirm open alliance network will be further moderated by the breadth and depth of external acquisition. Using an original large-scale survey of high-tech firms, the results support the expectation that the breadth of external acquisition facilitates the conjunctive effect of network centrality and alliance partner diversity; however, the depth of external acquisition mitigates the conjunctive effect of network centrality and alliance partner diversity on the deployment of firms' open innovation. This study's findings contribute to the theoretical development of open innovation as well as the development of alliance network practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPICMET 2015 - Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology
Subtitle of host publicationManagement of the Technology Age, Proceedings
EditorsTugrul U. Daim, Dilek Cetindamar Kozanoglu, Dundar F. Kocaoglu, Timothy R. Anderson, Gary Perman, Kiyoshi Niwa
PublisherPortland State University
Pages662-671
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781890843328
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sep 21
EventPortland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology, PICMET 2015 - Portland, United States
Duration: 2015 Aug 22015 Aug 6

Publication series

NamePortland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology
Volume2015-September

Other

OtherPortland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology, PICMET 2015
CountryUnited States
CityPortland
Period15-08-0215-08-06

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Strategy and Management

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Wang, C. H., Chang, C. H., Lo, C. C., & Yin, S. H. (2015). Alliance partners diversity for open innovation: The role of network position and external knowledge acquisition. In T. U. Daim, D. C. Kozanoglu, D. F. Kocaoglu, T. R. Anderson, G. Perman, & K. Niwa (Eds.), PICMET 2015 - Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology: Management of the Technology Age, Proceedings (pp. 662-671). [7273121] (Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology; Vol. 2015-September). Portland State University. https://doi.org/10.1109/PICMET.2015.7273121