Leveraging firm innovation performance through alliance portfolios in emerging economies: the role of absorptive capacity

  • T. Diana Lewe van Aduard de Macedo-Soares Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro/ Business School
  • Fábio de Oliveira Paula Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro/ Business School
  • Hudson Lima Mendonça Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro/ Business School
Keywords: innovation, alliance portfolios/networks, absorptive capacity, emerging countries, Brazil

Abstract

Firms are increasingly engaging in alliance portfolios/networks – AP/Nets - to leverage their innovation performance –IP - and thus boost their competitiveness. Most studies, with a few exceptions especially from emerging countries, found a positive relationship between AP/Net and IP, depending on portfolio characteristics and firm absorptive capacity – AC.  This article undertakes an empirical investigation of the AP/Net – IP relationship and AC´s potentially moderating role in this relationship in an emerging country: Brazil. Statistical testing of hypotheses regarding these relationships, and AC´s role, corroborated the exceptions. However, it confirmed how important it is that firms in an emerging country ensure a high level of AC to mitigate the negative effects of AP/Net diversity on IP. Some managerial and policy implications were also formulated.  

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Author Biographies

T. Diana Lewe van Aduard de Macedo-Soares, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro/ Business School
Full Professor
Strategic Management
Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro/Business School (PUC-Rio/IAG)
&
Coordinator of FAPERJ - ADM/ECO (Rio de Janeiro State Research Funding Agency)

Researcher PQ (1B) of CNPq ( http://lattes.cnpq.br/5194857133589062 )
Fábio de Oliveira Paula, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro/ Business School
Ph D student in business administratio, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro/Business School (PUC-Rio/IAG)
Hudson Lima Mendonça, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro/ Business School
Ph D student in business administratio, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro/Business School (PUC-Rio/IAG)
Published
2017-12-31
How to Cite
de Macedo-SoaresT. D. L. van A., PaulaF. de O., & MendonçaH. L. (2017). Leveraging firm innovation performance through alliance portfolios in emerging economies: the role of absorptive capacity. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 12(4), 10-21. https://doi.org/10.4067/S0718-27242017000400002
Section
Research Articles