Inter-firm alliances : analysis and design /Published by : Routledge (London) Physical details: x, 239 s. 24 cm ISBN:0415181542 (pbk.); 0-415-18153-4.
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This volume examines the factors which influence the nature and extent of inter-firm alliances. The discussion takes in alliances between buyers and suppliers, between competitors, between firms in different industries, against the background of developments in international business. On the basis of an inventory of different forms of alliance, the author defines rigorous criteria for choosing one. A set of tools is then developed for the design and analysis of governance of relations, as well as for establishing, developing and terminating an alliance." "Inter-Firm Alliances combines 'resource-based' views, transaction-cost analysis and institutional economics to develop an original and comprehensive theory of inter-firm alliances and a coherent method for managing them. The theory is illustrated and elaborated with real-life detail from a variety of international case studies. Both as a theoretical guide to evolving organizational practice and as a manual for successfully governing inter-firm alliances, this volume will be a precious resource for students and researchers in business and international management studies