Theoretical underpinnings of alliance and network research

  • Katharina Wratschko

Inter-organizational relationships of all kinds, particularly strategic alliances and networks, have become a central topic in strategic management. From its very origins, strategy research has “borrowed” from various disciplines like economics, organization theory, management theories and sociology (Hoskisson, et al., 1999). Likewise, scholars from different backgrounds have drawn on many different theories to study alliances and networks. The use of a particular theory to study alliances and networks highly affects the way they are conceptualized and depends primarily on the purpose of the study.


Social Capital Transaction Cost Strategic Alliance Transaction Cost Economic Asset Specificity 
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