A comparative perspective on external technology sourcing modalities: The role of synergies

A. Sabidussi, B. Lokshin, T. de Leeuw, G.M. Duijsters, H. Bremmers, O. Omta

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Abstract

This paper assesses the impact on innovative performance of alternative external sourcing strategies. In particular, the study under discussion compared external sourcing strategies based on specialization to those based on integrating various sourcing modalities (e.g., alliances and M&As). Survey data from three waves of the Community Innovation Survey (CIS) in the Netherlands were used to investigate the implications of these sourcing strategies for innovative performance. The findings indicate that synergies exist among external sourcing modalities: Integrating different external sourcing modes is more effective than specializing in a single mode, especially when the specialization is focused on M&As. Among the specialized strategies, focusing on the use of strategic alliances leads to higher levels of innovative performance than relying exclusively on M&As.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-31
JournalJournal of Engineering and Technology Management
Volume33
Issue numberJuly-September
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Innovation
Sourcing strategy
Sourcing
Innovative performance
Synergy
Technology sourcing
Survey data
Strategic alliances
Alliances
Community Innovation Survey
The Netherlands

Keywords

  • Open innovation
  • alliances
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • synergies

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Sabidussi, A. ; Lokshin, B. ; de Leeuw, T. ; Duijsters, G.M. ; Bremmers, H. ; Omta, O. / A comparative perspective on external technology sourcing modalities : The role of synergies. In: Journal of Engineering and Technology Management. 2014 ; Vol. 33, No. July-September. pp. 18-31.
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A comparative perspective on external technology sourcing modalities : The role of synergies. / Sabidussi, A.; Lokshin, B.; de Leeuw, T.; Duijsters, G.M.; Bremmers, H.; Omta, O.

In: Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, Vol. 33, No. July-September, 2014, p. 18-31.

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