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Dynamics of Interorganizational Learning in Learning Alliances


Florian Kapmeier

Learning alliances have become an increasingly important strategic option for firms to achieve competitive advantage. Yet most alliances fail and are terminated early without their obtaining the desired common goals. Or, partners learn privately for areas unrelated to the alliance – an undesirable alliance outcome. How can managers successfully manage common learning and increase awareness for partners learning privately? Based on theoretical findings and supported by a case study the author designs a simulation model considering competitive and cooperative policies to analyze the dynamics of learning alliances. With this model the author identifies a tipping point that determines the success or failure of an alliance. Simulation runs lead to a series of important managerial findings for policy-designers and decision-makers.
Contents: Interorganizational Cooperations and Alliances – Organizational Economics, Strategy-Based Approaches, Network Approach, Behavioral Game Theory – Factors Influencing the Long-Term Development of Interorganizational Learning in Interorganizational Learning Alliances – Learning with the Partner, Learning from the Partner – Absorptive Capacity, Organizational Openness, Trust – Private and Common Learning, Private and Common Benefits – Computer Simulation – System Dynamics Modeling – Business Case Study – Model Behavior and Policy Analysis – Tipping Point Analysis – Findings and Insights and Managerial Implications from Model Behavior for Interorganizational Learning Alliances.