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Title: Alliance network strategies for cross-industry collaboration and the internationalisation of R&D in the semiconductor industry
Author: Cats, Alexander
ISNI:       0000 0004 9356 0882
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2020
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The overarching goal of this thesis is to explain, through conceptual and empirical analyses, how companies might utilise network strategies to facilitate achieving their desired outcomes from cross-industry and international collaboration in the semiconductor industry. This research objective was achieved by creating a novel conceptual framework, combining theories from the fields of strategy and international business (IB) with theoretical concepts and methodological tools from network science. The aim of this approach was to advance the integration of social network analysis (SNA) into the fields of strategy and IB, and improve our understanding of the strategic and internationalisation decisions made by modern businesses. This research is accomplished over three separate but connected studies. Disentangling the complexity of the overall semiconductor industry network, the first study finds that architectural network properties differ substantially between value chain stages, which may relate to the facilitatory role of distinct network configurations in the creation of alternative governance mechanisms and the implementation of different inter-organisational routines and processes at distinct stages of the semiconductor value chain. The tactical configuration of alliance relations does form a critical part of the alliance strategies of chipmakers, as the second study finds that chipmakers utilise integrated and protective triadic tactics to implement distinct alliance strategies, such as establishing cross-industry bridges for R&D collaboration. These complex network tactics might, by enhancing governance, facilitate maximising the R&D outcomes of strategic alliances in the face of environmental uncertainties created by industry pressures; as well as improving the cross-border coordination of cross-industry technology transfers and knowledge exchanges. The third study finds, namely, that chipmakers also execute their hybrid R&D internationalisation strategies through triadic tactics, which may point at the strategic utility of triads in overcoming such challenges inherent in creating (novelty) value through international R&D collaboration. These findings contribute to the fields of strategic management and IB in explaining the mechanisms underpinning companies' network strategies and showing that companies utilise complex network tactics to pursue their strategic goals.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral