How Power Differences Affect Interfirm Learning, and What To Do About It: Academy of Management Proceedings

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Abstract

We report the findings of a study conducted among 172 European buyers in manufacturing regarding their relationship with their trading partners. Particularly, the focus is on whether and how asymmetry in the power position of two trading partners affects the level of inter-firm learning and the moderating role of inter-firm trust. Results indicate that power differentials have a negative impact on organizational learning when the level of trust is low. When inter-firm trust is high, power asymmetries have a slightly positive effect on inter-firm learning. Conclusions and implications are derived from the study. Findings and directions for further research are provided.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings
EditorsGuclu Antic
PublisherAcademy of Management
Pages10655-10655
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014
Event2014 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - Pennsylvania Convention Center , Philadelphia, United States
Duration: 1 Aug 20145 Aug 2014
Conference number: 74
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Publication series

SeriesAcademy of Management Proceedings
ISSN0065-0668

Conference

Conference2014 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
Abbreviated titleAOM2014
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia
Period1/08/145/08/14
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Caniels, M., & Ghijsen, P. (2014). How Power Differences Affect Interfirm Learning, and What To Do About It: Academy of Management Proceedings. In G. Antic (Ed.), Academy of Management Proceedings (pp. 10655-10655). Academy of Management. Academy of Management Proceedings