JACIII Vol.27 No.5 pp. 801-811
doi: 10.20965/jaciii.2023.p0801

Research Paper:

Research on the Influence of Alliance Routines on the Ambidextrous Technological Catch-Up of Latecomers to Technology Standards Alliances

Jing Hu*, Changjuan Lao**, and Xiaomeng Su*

*College of Economics and Management, China Jiliang University
No.258 Xueyuan Street, Qiantang District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310018, China

**Center for Metrology Strategy and Theory Study, National Institute of Metrology, China
No.18 Beisanhuandonglu, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100029, China

March 30, 2023
April 27, 2023
September 20, 2023
alliance routines, latecomer, ambidextrous technological catch-up, technical standards alliance

This paper focuses on latecomers in technology standards alliances, a topic that has received limited attention in academia. Although latecomers have disadvantages in terms of technology and market access, they possess a strong desire to catch up technologically. As a fundamental characteristic of an alliance, alliance routines serve as a source of innovation for members and a basic unit of analysis, providing a new perspective for understanding and researching the technological catch-up of latecomers. In this paper, a questionnaire survey is conducted among 83 latecomer enterprises in a technology standards alliance. The survey covers strategic emerging industries, such as new energy, new-generation information technology, new materials, and high-end manufacturing. Then, hierarchical regression is performed for hypothesis testing. The research shows that the three dimensions of alliance routines significantly promote the utilization of technological catch-up by latecomer enterprises. However, the impact on the exploration technological catch-up varies, where the action logic promotes exploration technological catch-up while implicit norms hinder exploratory innovation with an inverted U-shaped impact. The absorptive capacity strengthens the positive impact of the three alliance routines on the exploitative innovation of latecomer enterprises and strengthens the inverted U-shaped relationship between mutual consensus and their exploratory innovation. Nonetheless, it fails to play a significant regulatory role in action logic or in the relationship between implicit norms and exploratory innovation of latecomers.

Cite this article as:
J. Hu, C. Lao, and X. Su, “Research on the Influence of Alliance Routines on the Ambidextrous Technological Catch-Up of Latecomers to Technology Standards Alliances,” J. Adv. Comput. Intell. Intell. Inform., Vol.27 No.5, pp. 801-811, 2023.
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