Cross-border R&D alliances, absorptive capacity and technology learning

Chang Su Kim, Andrew C. Inkpen

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Drawing from research on alliance learning, we develop a model of technology learning by integrating technological capabilities and alliance knowledge in a framework of absorptive capacity. We also differentiate between absolute and relative components of absorptive capacity. Our study of the chemical-pharmaceutical industry found that technology learning was higher when firms were quick to adopt new technologies and when they have accumulated experience via alliances. Among alliances, cross-border R&D alliances have the strongest effect on technology learning. Overall, the findings show the pronounced effect of absolute absorptive capacity on technology learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-329
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of International Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2005


  • Absorptive capacity
  • Cross-border R&D alliances
  • Technology learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Finance
  • Strategy and Management


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