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The purpose of this paper is to conduct a literature review on knowledge transfer and international strategic alliances to propose a research framework based on the theory of dynamic capabilities. A qualitative and quantitative review has been conducted to find out the past research patterns, emerging trends, and research gaps.Design/methodology/approachThe qualitative review of more than 300 articles identified by keyword search, reference, and citation search has resulted in 130 most relevant articles. Citation analysis is performed on these studies, their journals, and authors by leveraging the international platforms of SCImago Journal Ranking, Google Scholar, and ResearchGate.FindingsThe study enlists the highly cited studies, their journals, and authors with possible explanations for being highly cited. Criticisms of dynamic capabilities theory have been explained, and a research framework for the application of this theory in the context of international strategic alliances to fill the research gap has been proposed.Originality/valueCurrently, various bibliometric studies are growing in number. This study is not only a review study, but also proposes a research framework to fill the identified research gap.
Journal of Strategy and Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Oct 22, 2018
Keywords: Knowledge transfer; Dynamic capabilities; Innovation; Absorptive capacity; International strategic alliances; Citation analysis
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