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INSEAD Working Paper 2016/19/STR
This paper provides a short summary review of interpartner learning. It first reviews the conditions under which partnerships and alliances provide a superior approach to accessing and integrating new skills and capabilities. We then analyze the use of interpartner learning from facilitating and improving the collaboration, to leverage learning in new areas outside the scope of collaboration, or to undermine the need for collaboration, and mutual dependence by internalizing the partner’s skills and capabilities. Thirdly, we review the various determinants of interpartner learning: intent, agenda, knowledge type, and learning processes. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of the strategic consequences of interpartner learning.