Inter-Partner Learning in Asymmetric Alliances between Foreign and Indigenous Companies in the Nigerian Oil Industry
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Part IV: Concluding Section 7 Implications for Managerial Practice The genesis of the empirical study in this work was the increasing trend of asymmetric alliances between privately-owned indigenous oil companies and foreign international oil companies in the Nigerian oil industry and the general expectations of learning and knowledge/technology transfer through the alli- ances, which raised the question of “whether or not” and “how” learning and knowledge transfer actually take place in the alliances. The major objective set out at the beginning of this work was to identify the pattern of inter-partner lear- ning in these alliances and provide practice-relevant recommendations for the managerial practice in the industry. Based on the general analysis in this work, it is very obvious that the asym- metric foreign-indigenous alliances in the Nigerian oil industry like other alli- ances offer opportunities of learning for the alliance partners and that the part- ners’ learning intent and learning capacity are the primary key factors that de- termine learning success in the alliances. However, the findings from the em- pirical case-study in this work suggest clearly that the pattern of learning in the asymmetric foreign-indigenous alliances in the Nigerian oil industry is such that only the indigenous partners possessed learning intent and deployed learning capacity to acquire knowledge from their foreign partners through the alliances, and that the extent of their learning success depended primarily on the degrees of their learning intents and learning capacity in the alliances. Strong learning intent and learning capacity in the alliances led...
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