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Strategic alliances and technology transfer: an extended paradigm

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Going beyond the classic options of purchase, research and development, and joint venture, strategic alliances have been described as a valuable means for acquiring new technology. Much of what is understood about technology acquisition is based on communications and information processing theory. Despite the intuitive similarities, however, researchers have generally failed to explore the linkages in theory and process between: 1) establishing and maintaining strategic alliances, and 2) transferring technology. The purpose of this study is to develop a theoretical framework which is pertinent to advance the theory building in the areas of strategic alliances and technology transfer.

Keywords: strategic alliances, technology transfer, conceptual framework

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