Strategic Management Journal

Reconceptualizing plural sourcing

Recent papers exploring concurrent sourcing modes, e.g., make-and-buy, have yielded rich, but inconsistent, theoretical and empirical insights. We suggest that resolving these inconsistencies and setting the foundation for future work requires reconceptualizing two aspects of concurrent sourcing: what and how. Abstract and download

Technological overlap, technological capabilities, and resource recombination in technological acquisitions

Technological overlap influences the performance on acquisitions. Work on technological overlap has focused on the proportion of the target’s knowledge the acquirer possesses, that is, target overlap. We show that acquirer overlap, the proportion of the acquirer’s knowledge duplicated by the target, is equally important, but has different effects. Abstract and download

Choice and performance of governance mechanisms: Matching alliance governance to asset type

This paper shows that the optimal configuration of formal and relational governance mechanisms in an alliance depends on the assets involved in an alliance, with formal mechanisms best suited to property-based assets and relational governance best suited to knowledge-based assets. Furthermore, a mismatch between governance mechanisms and asset type can harm the performance of the alliance. Abstract and download

The use of logit and probit models in strategic management research: Critical issues

This paper identifies four critical issues in the use of logit and probit models in management research: interpreting coefficients, modeling interactions between variables, comparing coefficients between groups (e.g., foreign and domestic firms), and measures of model fit. For each issue, the paper provides a background, a review of current practice, and recommendations for best practice. Abstract and download

Do modular products lead to modular organizations?

This paper provide one of the first empirical tests of the tacit assumption that increased product modularity is associated with advantageous increases in organizational modularity. Abstract and download

How much you know versus how well I know you: Selecting a supplier for a technically innovative component

We ask how firms select a supplier for an innovative component, focusing on the trade-offs suggested by three disparate literatures. Transaction cost economics focuses on the value of internalization, the literature on inter-firm relationships on the value of past relationships, and the firm capabilities literature on the value of superior capabilities. Abstract and download