A 22 year review of strategic alliance research in the leading management journals

Emanuel GOMES*, Bradley R. BARNES, Tehmina MAHMOOD

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study contributes to the strategic alliance literature by providing a comprehensive review of over 800 articles that have appeared in 22 leading management journals over a 22 year period. Our study reveals that (a) there has been an upward trend to publish articles on this subject over time; (b) a large proportion of these articles are empirical in nature, with a growing number of them reporting on statistical studies that consider variable association and causality; (c) in terms of their methodological rigour we have witnessed relatively larger sized samples, higher response rates and more frequent use of probability sampling; and (d) although the majority of articles were written by authors within the same country and these tended to report on alliances involving North American businesses, we find that a variety of thematic areas have emerged, with cross cultural management and other human related facets receiving greater attention in recent times. Finally, we highlight the study's limitations and based on our review, outline several avenues where future research could be undertaken.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-27
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Business Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • Inter-organisational encounters
  • Interfirm collaboration
  • Interfirm partnerships
  • Joint ventures
  • Network alliances
  • Review
  • Strategic alliances


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