Joaquim Molins Figueras Chair of Strategic Alliances

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Activities

The Joaquim Molins Figueras Chair of Strategic Alliances carries out a series of activities that include research projects, publication development, participation in and organization of conferences, seminars and activities to disseminate information on Strategic Alliances.

2017 Annual Meeting Program Academy of Management. Atlanta, 5-9 August 2017

*PDW WORKSHOP “ALLIANCE DYNAMICS AND INSTABILITY
(with the participation of IESE Prof. and Chair Holder Africa Ariño as panelist)

The objective of this workshop is to bring together scholars who work on the topics of alliance dynamics and alliance instability to discuss advances, research gaps as well as new theoretical and methodological approaches to move the research on these topics forward. This PDW is designed to stimulate a highly interactive discussion with senior colleagues and peers to help participants identify emerging research opportunities and spark dialogue that can advance research on alliance dynamics and instability.

The following topics are intended to serve as a guiding framework for the round table discussions:

(1) Antecedents of alliance instability
(2) Evolution and dynamics of alliances
(3) Consequences of alliance instability

*PDW WORKSHOPINTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT DIVISION PAPER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
(with the participation of IESE Prof. and Chair Holder Africa Ariño as panelist)

*PAPER SESSION “GOVERNANCE IN ALLIANCES (1)

“TOWARDS A REVISED TYPOLOGY OF ALLIANCE GOVERNANCE”

Authors:

Africa Arino
IESE Business School Professor & Chair Holder

Arne Keller
Freie U. Berlin 

Fabrice Lumineau
Purdue University

Thomas Mellewigt
Freie U. Berlin 

Given the increasing importance of alliances, scholars have devoted much attention to understand how governance mechanisms explain alliance outcomes. Drawing on a detailed longitudinal case study of a revelatory strategic alliance in the veterinary drug industry, we revisit existing typologies of alliance governance mechanisms as discussed in current literature. Our findings suggest the relevance to develop a new typology of governance mechanisms combining the formal vs. informal and the contractual vs. relational distinctions. This revised typology of alliance governance allows us to observe the specific conditions under which different combinations of governance mechanisms have beneficial or detrimental effects on alliance outcomes. We discuss the theoretical implications of our insights for research on alliance governance.



Seminar at the Department of Strategy at BI, Norwegian Business School in Oslo, Norway. Thursday April 6th 2017

MANAGERS' EVALUATIONS OF ENTRY INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES:
AN EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF INDIVIDUAL- AND FIRM-LEVEL EFFECTS

Authors:

Africa Ariño

Xavier Sobrepere
Ph.D. candidate
IESE Business School

Jeffrey J. Reuer
University of Colorado

Beverly B. Tyler
North Carolina State University

ABSTRACT

Taking an upper echelons approach, this paper contributes to the literature on entry-mode choice by experimentally assessing how the effects of individual-level experiences on managers’ evaluations of entry investment opportunities are moderated by firm-level experiences. We investigate how managers’ experience with international joint ventures (IJVs) and the psychic distance from their home countries to the host country both affect those evaluations.  We examine how their firms’ experience with IJVs moderates those effects. We find: (1) IJV-experienced managers have a greater preference for IJVs over acquisitions if their firms have no IJV experience; (2) their preference for IJVs over acquisitions is greater the greater the psychic distance between the managers’ home countries and the host country; and (3) a firm’s experience with IJVs attenuates these effects.