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Title: Essays on Alliance Portfolio Reconfiguration Following A Technological Discontinuity
Keywords: Alliance Portfolio, Technological Discontinuity, Combinatorial Chemistry, High-throughput Screening, Task Interdependence, Technological Diversity
Issue Date: 21-Mar-2014
Source: NAVID ASGARI (2014-03-21). Essays on Alliance Portfolio Reconfiguration Following A Technological Discontinuity. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: An effective alliance portfolio comprises a set of direct alliances that allows firms to obtain resources from partners at lower cost than through market exchange or internal development. I study how firms reconfigure their alliance portfolios following a technological discontinuity. I ask two questions and address them in two essays: 1) How a technological discontinuity that alters the value of resources causes firms to reconfigure their alliance portfolios by forming new alliances for required resources and by disbanding current alliances for redundant resources, and 2) how reconfiguration of alliance portfolios is shaped by their structural properties. I address these questions using a longitudinal sample of 331 firms in the global biopharmaceutical industry between 1990 and 2000. In 1995, the industry experienced a discontinuity in the form of the emergence of combinatorial chemistry and high-throughput screening which altered the drug development process and the value of resources used in this process.
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