Cross-border R&D alliances, absorptive capacity and technology learning

Chang Su Kim, Andrew C. Inkpen

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    Drawing from research on alliance learning, we develop a model of technology learning by integrating technological capabilities and alliance knowledge in a framework of absorptive capacity. We also differentiate between absolute and relative components of absorptive capacity. Our study of the chemical-pharmaceutical industry found that technology learning was higher when firms were quick to adopt new technologies and when they have accumulated experience via alliances. Among alliances, cross-border R&D alliances have the strongest effect on technology learning. Overall, the findings show the pronounced effect of absolute absorptive capacity on technology learning.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)313-329
    Number of pages17
    JournalJournal of International Management
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Sep 2005


    • Absorptive capacity
    • Cross-border R&D alliances
    • Technology learning

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Business and International Management
    • Finance
    • Strategy and Management


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