Stand to Lose? Asymmetric Learning Partners and Learning Outcomes

Lisa Ya Lin, Ruchunyi Fu, Akbar Zaheer

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    Abstract

    Firms with asymmetric learning capabilities often form alliances with each other. With the potential risks of learning race in alliances, it appears that firms with inferior learning capability are entering into a losing game with firms with superior learning capability. What learning outcomes can firms with inferior learning capability gain in this seemingly losing game? This research investigates the dyadic learning between firms with asymmetric learning capabilities, and contends that by allying with competitive partners firms engage in a self-reinforcing process of learning and will enhance their specific learning capability toward superior partners over time. Further, equity governance mode and technological distance between firms will strengthen this learning process. Analyses of alliances in high-tech industries of the United States during 1990-2006 have largely supported our hypotheses. Research in this area contributes to a better understanding of the learning race between firms with asymmetric learning capabilities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings 2019
    EditorsSonia Taneja
    PublisherAcademy of Management
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019
    Event79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2019: Understanding the Inclusive Organization - Boston, Massachusetts, United States
    Duration: 9 Aug 201913 Aug 2019
    https://aom.org/events/annual-meeting/past-annual-meetings/2019-understanding-the-inclusive-organization (Conference website)
    https://journals.aom.org/toc/amproc/2019/1 (Conference proceedings)

    Publication series

    NameAcademy of Management Proceedings
    Number1
    Volume2019
    ISSN (Print)0065-0668
    ISSN (Electronic)2151-6561

    Conference

    Conference79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2019
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityBoston, Massachusetts
    Period9/08/1913/08/19
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