Joint actions with large partners and small-firm ambidexterity in asymmetric alliances: The mediating role of relational identification

Yanan Feng, Da Teng, Bin Hao

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This article investigates the role of relational identification in the relation between joint actions and small-firm ambidexterity in asymmetric alliances. Using survey data on Chinese high-technology firms, we find that joint problem-solving and joint sensemaking are both positively associated with a small firm’s relational identification. We also find a positive relationship between a small firm’s relational identification and knowledge exploration and exploitation. More importantly, we show that relational identification mediates the relationships between joint actions (i.e. joint problem-solving and joint sensemaking) and small-firm ambidexterity, except for the relationship between joint sensemaking and small-firm knowledge exploitation. This study advances our understanding of the association between joint actions and ambidexterity by providing a social identification explanation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)689-712
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Small Business Journal
Volume37
Issue number7
Early online date8 Apr 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019

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Ambidexterity
Alliances
Small firms
Sensemaking
Problem solving
High-technology firms
Exploration and exploitation
Survey data
Social identification
Knowledge exploitation

Keywords

  • asymmetric alliance
  • exploitation
  • exploration
  • relational identification
  • small firm

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  • Business and International Management

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Joint actions with large partners and small-firm ambidexterity in asymmetric alliances : The mediating role of relational identification. / Feng, Yanan; Teng, Da; Hao, Bin.

In: International Small Business Journal, Vol. 37, No. 7, 01.11.2019, p. 689-712.

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