Handbook on International Alliance and Network Research
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Handbook on International Alliance and Network Research

Edited by Jorma Larimo, Niina Nummela and Tuija Mainela

Over the past few decades, alliance and networks have been generally examined individually. This Handbook sheds new light on this research by combining the two topics and focuses on highlighting their similarities. The expert contributors discuss topics surrounding the state-of-the-art in alliance and network research, conceptual development in alliance and network research and empirical evidence of international alliances and networks. They combine diverse types of studies including literature reviews, conceptual papers and empirical studies in order to provide the reader with a comprehensive understanding of the topic.
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Chapter 2: National culture and international alliances: a review of recent literature

Cristina López-Duarte and Marta M. Vidal-Suárez


This literature review explores the main advances in recent research dealing with the role of national culture and cultural differences on international alliances’ features. The review focuses on articles published between 2000 and 2012 in top management and international business journals. Through the analysis of the 100 selected articles, the chapter analyses the main research streams within the field (alliances’ formation, structure, goals, management and governance, and performance) and reflects on avenues for future research related to both thematic and methodological issues.

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