Strategy, Innovation & Leadership

Role of synergies

May 29, 2014 | 1 min read

What is the impact on innovative performance of alternative external sourcing strategies? In particular, how compare external sourcing strategies based on specialization to those based on integrating various sourcing modalities (e.g., alliances and M&As).

Anna Sabidussi, associate professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship together with others published a research in the Journal of Engineering and Technology Management. Suvey data from 3 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. 

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A comparative perspective on external technology sourcing modalities: The role of synergies, Sabidussi, Lokshin, de Leeuw, Duysters, Harry Bremmers, Onno Omta (2014)