Strategic Alliance Research in the Era of Digital Transformation: Perspectives on Future Research

Qile He, Maureen Meadows, Duncan Angwin, Emanuel Gomes, John Child

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The emerging digital transformation in the 21st century is rapidly and significantly changing the business landscape. The fast-changing activities, expectations and new modes of collaboration suggest it is time to review the current theoretical insights from Strategic Alliance (SA) research,
which are based on assumptions from a different era. We therefore aim to stimulate multidisciplinary debate and theoretical reflections to better understand emerging paradoxes and challenges that contemporary firms face in the formation, evolution and dissolution of strategic alliances. Specifically, we offer alternative visions of SA research and suggest fresh applications or supplements of existing theoretical perspectives and research methods that can better address research questions that are emerging in an era of digital transformation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)589-617
Number of pages29
JournalBritish Journal of Management
Issue number3
Early online date21 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020

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This is an open access article under the terms of the CreativeCommonsAttribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (UID/ECO/00124/2013) by LISBOA‐01‐0145‐FEDER007722 and Social Sciences Data Lab, Project 22209.


  • Strategic alliance
  • digital transformation
  • critical perspective
  • future research
  • dynamic environments
  • paradoxes

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