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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

Authors

YANAN FENG YANAN.FENG@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Assistant Professor

Da Teng

Bin Hao



Abstract

This study 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 small firm's relational identification. We also find a positive relationship between 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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 8, 2019
Journal International Small Business Journal: Researching Entrepreneurship
Print ISSN 0266-2426
Electronic ISSN 1741-2870
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 37
Issue 7
Pages 689-712
APA6 Citation Feng, Y., Teng, D., & Hao, B. (2019). Joint actions with large partners and small-firm ambidexterity in asymmetric alliances: the mediating role of relational identification. International Small Business Journal, 37(7), 689-712. https://doi.org/10.1177/0266242619842592
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0266242619842592
Keywords Asymmetric alliance; Exploration; Exploitation; Relational identification; small firm
Publisher URL https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0266242619842592
Additional Information Copyright © 2019 by SAGE Publications

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