Strength in number: Scope, scale, and performance in multipartner alliances

Ramin Vandaie, John Bechara

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The received wisdom is that multipartner alliances are increasingly favored by firms as means of creating larger pools of shared resources and capabilities. Yet, extant literature has hardly moved beyond anecdotal evidence to systematically address the mechanisms driving their configuration and performance. This study is a step toward clarifying important unknowns about multipartner alliances by proposing and testing a model of multipartner alliance performance that involves two key intermediary mechanisms, i.e., alliance scale and scope, that may explain how higher performance is achieved in these increasingly popular forms of organizing interorganizational efforts. The empirical context of the study is the motion picture industry where multipartner alliances have become exceedingly popular in recent decades. Empirical results are strongly supportive of our proposed theory and hold important implications for the growing literature on multipartner alliances.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventAcademy of Management 2022 -
Duration: 5 Aug 20229 Aug 2022


ConferenceAcademy of Management 2022


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