APJIS Asia Pacific Journal of Information Systems

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The Journal for Information Professionals

Asia Pacific Journal of Information Systems (APJIS) is published by the Korea Society
of Management Information Systems (KMIS), which is the largest professional institute
in the field of information systems in Korea.

ISSN 2288-5404 (Print) / ISSN 2288-6818 (Online)

Editor : Sang-Yong Tom Lee

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Date June 2016
Vol. No. Vol. 26 No. 2
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.14329/apjis.2016.26.2.299
Page 299~321
Title The Role of Internal and Network Constraints on Alliance Ambidexterity Decisions in Technology Intensive Industries
Author Radu Vlas, Cristina Vlas
Keyword Social Network Analysis, Learning, Ambidexterity, Routines, Strategic Alliances, Technology-Intensive Organization
Abstract Previous studies on strategic alliance formation have largely overlooked the effects that organizations’ routine development can have on the relationship between organizations’ network position and their alliance ambi-dexterity strategy. This study extends ambidexterity research by adding internal and network perspectives and examining their cumulative effects on alliance ambidexterity. We first acknowledge the interplay between organ-izations’ internal knowledge exploration/exploitation strategies and organizations’ alliance ambidexterity and determine that organizations with a high level of internal knowledge breadth are more likely to make focused alliance decisions. Second, our analysis of 145 US-based information technology organizations with an active alliance behavior reveals that well-formed routines as a result of previous collaborations strengthens the tendency of brokerage organizations to follow alliances that focus on either exploration or exploitation. Although most alliance studies have commonly argued in favor of an ambidextrous approach, this study provides critical evidence that both internal knowledge exploration/exploitation strategies and development of routines constrain organizations’ alliance formation decisions, guiding them towards a more focused approach.

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