Learning and innovation through interfirm alliances: the role of human resource development

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Okonkwo, O. 2020. Learning and innovation through interfirm alliances: the role of human resource development. in: Loon, M, Stewart, J. and Nachmias, S (ed.) The future of HRD, volume II change, disruption and action Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 219 -246
AuthorsOkonkwo, O.
EditorsLoon, M, Stewart, J. and Nachmias, S
Abstract

The strategic importance of interfirm alliances as vehicle of knowledge acquisition and innovation has been widely acknowledged both in academic literature and in management practice. Also, human resource development (HRD) as embodiment of learning and development processes in organisation has been acknowledged as well.

However, the role of HRD in interfirm alliance learning has been less considered. This chapter explores the nature of interfirm alliances as hybrid organisations and the factors that determine inter-partner learning and innovation in alliances with the aim of assessing the potential role of HRD in facilitating learning and innovation in strategic alliances. The outcome of the assessment in this chapter shows that HRD can contribute to development of alliance learning/absorptive capacity of the partner firms through implementation of strategic HRD practices.

KeywordsLearning and development ; Innovation; Interfirm alliances; HRD; Strategic HRD; Absorptive capacity
Page range219 -246
Year2020
Book titleThe future of HRD, volume II change, disruption and action
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Output statusIn press
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All rights reserved (under embargo)
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Restricted
SeriesVolume II
ISBN9783030524586
Publication process dates
AcceptedMay 2020
Deposited12 Oct 2020
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-52459-3
Official URLhttps://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030524586
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