Creating a Typology of International Alliances with City-level Distance Measures

Juliane Engsig, Bo Bernhard Nielsen, Paul Chiambaretto, Andry Ramaroson

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This chapter describes how micro-locational factors affect international alliance formation. The authors focus specifically on the role of global cities, which are studied from a distance perspective. The authors argue that distances must be apprehended not at the country level but at the city level. The chapter is an attempt to provide a better understanding of the complex, multilevel factors that interact when firms select an alliance partner in a particular location. The authors take an explorative methodological approach through a configurational analysis of international alliances made by American companies in 2015. The main contribution is the proposition of a typology of micro-locational characteristics to help understand international alliance formation at a city level
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Multiple Dimensions of Institutional Complexity in IB Reseach
EditorsAlan Verbeke, Rob Van Tulder, Elizabeth L. Rose, Yingqi Wei
Number of pages28
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Publication date2021
ISBN (Print)9781800432451
ISBN (Electronic)9781800432468
Publication statusPublished - 2021
SeriesProgress in International Business Research

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