A Note on the Dynamics of Learning Alliances: Competition, Cooperation, and Relative Scope

Andrew Inkpen*

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Khanna, Gulati, and Nohria (1998) examine the dynamics of alliance learning and develop a conceptual framework designed to capture the tension between cooperation and competition. Based on the concepts of private and common benefits and relative scope, the authors explore firms' learning behavior patterns. This note comments on the framework and suggests that although the framework introduces some interesting concepts, the reliance on simple models from economic theory leaves the framework somewhat disconnected from the process of alliance management.
Original languageEnglish
JournalStrategic Management Journal
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)775-779
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Learning
  • Alliances
  • Relative scope
  • Process

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