In today’s competitive landscape, the choice of the appropriate mode to govern an inter-firm relationship is a critical factor for companies. In the literature several theoretical strands have examined the impact of the purpose of inter-firm relationships on the forms of governance. Building on a robust literature review on the topic, this study focuses on a specific issue influencing the choice of the form of governance in inter-firm relationships, i.e. the purpose of inter-firm relationships with relation to partner’s resources. We gather in a unique framework three typologies of partner’s resources, i.e. production, R&D and marketing, and through two empirical analyses in two different Italian industries, machine tool and pharmaceutical, we show how differently these purposes shape the choice of the governance mode.
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||TECHNOLOGY ANALYSIS & STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Strategy and Management
- Management Science and Operations Research