Newcastle University Business School

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26 years of Empirical Studies of Knowledge Transfer in Strategic Alliances: A Review of Research Methodology

A Multidisciplinary Applied Research in Organisational Excellence research seminar

Date/Time: Friday 10 March 2017, 10.30-12.00

Venue: Room 1.01, Newcastle University Business School

Speaker: Dr Qile He

The voluminous strategic alliance knowledge transfer (SA-knowledge transfer) literature is characterised by a wide array of methodology.

Despite a number of helpful literature reviews, there is a paucity of systematic reviews examining the upstream of the research efforts, i.e. the research methodology, in terms of characteristics of the research methods used, type of strategic alliance considered, variables used to operationalise the key concepts, and the analytical methods deployed.

The aim of this research is to map out the methodology followed by 157 empirical studies dedicated to examining inter-firm knowledge transfer in the context of strategic alliances, published in peer reviewed journals between 1990 and 2016. This research identifies the dynamics that may account for preponderance of particular methods and/or analytical procedures and identifies potential strengths and weaknesses in the current research approaches, which allowed implications for future research to be offered. It will also provide future researchers in business and management an alternative approach to conduct more systematic literature review.