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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Management

Title

Symbiotic ownership, cultural alignment, and firm performance: A test among international strategic alliances

Language

English

Abstract

Based on a sample of 61 international firms in China with industry symbiosis, we examine the effects of cultural alignment on firm performance. We first predict that symbiosis will have a negative effect on firm performance. After that, focusing on the most dimension of culture, i.e., collectivism/individualism, we also predict that in a society with a high collectivistic value, organizational collectivism will be positively correlated with firm performance because of its alignment with the prevailing societal culture. Finally, we predict that this cultural value should have a moderating effect on the relationship between symbiosis and performance. Data are collected from multiple sources to test these predictions. The results of the data analyses show the benefits of building a collectivistic organizational culture for firms with a high level of industry symbiosis. © 2012 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Keywords

Firm performance, Industry symbiosis, Insurance industry, Multinational enterprises, Organizational culture

Publication Date

2012

Source Publication Title

International Business Review

Volume

21

Issue

6

Start Page

987

End Page

997

Publisher

Elsevier

ISSN (print)

09695931

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