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Building relationship innovation in global collaborative partnerships: big data analytics and traditional organizational powers

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-20
Number of pages14
JournalR and D Management
Issue number1
Early online date8 Dec 2016
DateAccepted/In press - 1 Dec 2016
DateE-pub ahead of print - 8 Dec 2016
DatePublished (current) - 1 Jan 2019


This study examines how relationship innovation can be developed in global collaborative partnerships (alliances, joint ventures, mergers, and acquisitions). The recently emerging theory of big data analytics linked with traditional organizational powers has attracted a growing interest, but surprisingly little research has been devoted to this important and complex topic. Therefore, after developing the theoretical foundations, our study empirically quantifies the links between the theoretical constructs based on the data collected from chief executive officers, managing directors, and heads of departments who work in contemporary global data-and-information driven collaborative partnerships. The results from structural equation modeling indicate that the relationship innovation depends on the power of big data analytics and non-mediated powers (NMP, expert and referent). The power of big data analytics also mediates the correlation between NMP and relationship innovation. However, mediated powers (coercive and manipulative) negatively affect the power of big data analytics and relationship innovation. The interaction effects further depict that analytically powered partnerships have better relationship innovation compared with those which focus less on the analytical power. Consequently, the contributions of this study provide a deeper understanding of mechanisms of how modern collaborative partnerships can use big data analytics and traditional organizational powers to co-create relationship innovation.

    Structured keywords

  • MGMT Operations and Management Science
  • MGMT theme Innovation and Digitalisation



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