A game theory perspective of asymmetric alliances for new product development

P. Ben Chou, Ellen Thomas

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By adopting and extending the game theoretical model developed by Chou (2011) from symmetric firms to asymmetric firms with monetary transfers, we characterise the strategic interactions between asymmetric firms in an alliance for new product development. We also integrate the game theoretical literature and empirical studies to show that a broader-scope link alliance tends to benefit the larger firm, while a narrower-scope scale alliance tends to benefit the smaller firm. The asymmetry of benefits also enables the larger firm to subsidise the smaller firm to maintain the stability of the alliance if it is beneficial for the larger firm to do so.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-116
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


  • Asymmetric firms
  • Link alliance
  • NPD
  • Nash equilibrium
  • R&D scale alliance
  • Uame theory
  • Uew product development
  • Utrategic alliance


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