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Abraha Gebrekidan, Desalegn
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Abraha Gebrekidan, D. & Mukhtar, S.-M. (2017). Determinants of the international strategic alliance process and alliance failure: learning from the Volvo-Renault break-up. International Journal of Strategic Business Alliances, 6(1/2), 86-110
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Determinants of the international strategic alliance process and alliance failure: learning from the Volvo-Renault break-up
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Strategic Business Alliances, ISSN 1756-6444, E-ISSN 1756-6452, Vol. 6, no 1/2, p. 86-110Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

While the scholarly focus has shifted from strategic alliance formation to alliance performance and thus alliance outcome, the process that leads to a particular outcome: alliance success or alliance failure remains indeterminate. Given their high failure rate, this study aims to identify factors that contribute to an alliance failure to better understand the strategic alliance management process to help alliances survive. Purposefully, the Volvo-Renault alliance break-up is investigated. A Process Model for International Strategic Alliance Lifecycle is developed. The findings establish that post-formation, the strategic alliance process necessitates managing interactions among: partners’ objectives; partners’ resource contribution; access to partner’s network; and alliance performance. However, for an alliance to sustain, learning and assessment must be an integral part. Learning and assessment are critical strategic inputs that serve as ‘binding forces’, and as an ‘alert mechanism’ whereby timely corrective managerial actions are triggered in favor of an alliance sustainability and vice versa.

Keywords
strategic alliance formation, life cycle, management process
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Knowledge and Innovation Management (KIM)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-14968 (URN)10.1504/IJSBA.2017.10009842 (DOI)
Available from: 2018-03-19 Created: 2018-03-19 Last updated: 2018-04-25Bibliographically approved
Osarenkhoe, A., Fjellström, D., Abraha Gebrekidan, D. & Awuah, G. B. (2017). Network Perspective on Establishement Process in Transition Economies. In: Demetris Vrontis, Yaakov Weber, Evangelos Tsoukatos (Ed.), Global and national business theories and practice: bridging the past with the future. Paper presented at 10th Annual Conference of the EuroMed Academy of Business, September 13 - 15, 2017, Rome, Italy (pp. 1235-1257). EuroMed Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Network Perspective on Establishement Process in Transition Economies
2017 (English)In: Global and national business theories and practice: bridging the past with the future / [ed] Demetris Vrontis, Yaakov Weber, Evangelos Tsoukatos, EuroMed Press , 2017, p. 1235-1257Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper contributes to extant literature on market entry strategies in several ways. First, while previous literature focuses either on entry modes or entry timing, comparatively little efforts are made to illuminate the establishment process. Secondly, it addresses emanating impediments and development of supporting relationships with significant actors during the processes of establishment in transition economies. Establishment model, developed from network approach, facilitated the capturing of various supporting relationships that enabled the focal relationships to function properly during the establishment processes in less-structured markets. In-depth interviews were held with key informants in two Scandinavian firms. Findings show that Statoil´s ability to leverage a number of significant actors in its network for support during its establishment in Estonia makes the process less cumbersome and less resource consuming. Lack of home and host country support for Scania resulted in an arduous and costly process, with the firm’s position changing several times as different problems cropped up. In conclusion, relationship orientation requires adaptation by an organization, but more critically by its managers. Lack of cross-cultural relationship skills and orientation could impede a company’s growth in international markets. We call for more research efforts in the area of cultural dimensions of market establishment processes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
EuroMed Press, 2017
Series
EuroMed Research Business Institute, ISSN 2547 - 8516
Keywords
relationships, networks, establishment processes, actors, resource exchanges, transition economies
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Knowledge and Innovation Management (KIM)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-14970 (URN)000427297600094 ()978-9963-711-56-7 (ISBN)
Conference
10th Annual Conference of the EuroMed Academy of Business, September 13 - 15, 2017, Rome, Italy
Available from: 2018-03-19 Created: 2018-03-19 Last updated: 2018-04-25Bibliographically approved
Abraha Gebrekidan, D., Hyder, S. A. & Fjellström, D. (2017). The Journey of Strategic Alliances. In: Lucia Piscitello, Stefano Elia (Ed.), Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the EuropeanInternational Business Academy: . Paper presented at EIBA Milan 2017 (pp. 54).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Journey of Strategic Alliances
2017 (English)In: Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the EuropeanInternational Business Academy / [ed] Lucia Piscitello, Stefano Elia, 2017, p. 54-Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this article is to highlight the journey to and from strategic alliances and if alliances lead to the creation of new Alliances, how existing networks are managed and strengthened and to identify the factors which impact and determine the journey to and from strategic alliances. One of the findings of this chapter is that, in the pre-strategic alliance phase firms can have direct and indirect relationships which can lead to the formation of strategic alliances under certain circumstances, whereas in just the opposite circumstances those relationships might not lead to alliances formation. The other finding is that one of the main factors which determines the journey of strategic alliances is the degree of internationalization of the firm and the market. It is also found out that the journey of alliances can be different in the different groups of Central Europe countries depending on the pace or degree of adaptation of those countries, i.e. whether they are fast-, or medium or slow adapting countries.

National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Knowledge and Innovation Management (KIM)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-14971 (URN)978 88 6493 042 8 (ISBN)
Conference
EIBA Milan 2017
Available from: 2018-03-19 Created: 2018-03-19 Last updated: 2018-03-26Bibliographically approved
Iddris, F., Baffour Awuah, G. & Abraha Gebrekidan, D. (2016). Achieving supply chain agility through innovation capability building. International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience, 2(2), 114-143
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Achieving supply chain agility through innovation capability building
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience, ISSN 2052-8698, Vol. 2, no 2, p. 114-143Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
InderScience Publishers, 2016
Keywords
supply chain agility, learning, innovation capability, collaboration, cloud computing, trust, agile supply chains, resource-based view, RBV, customer service, new product introduction, NPI, product customisation, international delivery capacity
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-11773 (URN)10.1504/IJSCOR.2016.078181 (DOI)
Available from: 2015-12-21 Created: 2015-12-21 Last updated: 2017-11-27Bibliographically approved
Abraha, D. & Mukhtar, S.-M. (2016). Acquiring Cross-Cultural Competence: Insights from International Firms in Four Countries. In: Dana-Nicoleta Lascu (Ed.), Entrepreneurship Development in a Globalized Era: . Paper presented at Academy for Global Business Advancement (AGBA), 13th Annual World Congress, "Business and Entrepreneurship Development in a Globalized Era”, November 26-28, 2016, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Surakarta (SOLO), Central Java, Indonesia (pp. 1-13). , 13
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Acquiring Cross-Cultural Competence: Insights from International Firms in Four Countries
2016 (English)In: Entrepreneurship Development in a Globalized Era / [ed] Dana-Nicoleta Lascu, 2016, Vol. 13, p. 1-13Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Firms increasingly have to compete globally in order to survive. An understanding of the host country’s local culture arguably being one of the most important aspects of this survival. The greater the cultural difference, the higher the risk of miscommunication and of mismanagement. Given that cross-cultural management is acknowledged as an intrinsic part of firm establishment in foreign markets today, we set out to explore the linkages between the competence of international firms in managing cultural differences and the effectiveness of their business operations. How this ‘cross-cultural competence’ is acquired is of particular interest to this study. Swedish firms operating in Kenya, Lithuania, Poland and Russia are examined. The findings show that international firms tend not to formulate any preparatory measures to become ‘culturally competent’ prior to entering foreign markets. Learning takes place by doing. A Process Model of Acquiring Cross-Cultural Competence in Foreign Markets is constructed.

Series
Advances in Global Business Research, ISSN 1549-9332 ; 1
Keywords
Internationalization, Kenya, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Cross-Cultural Competence Process, National Culture, Cross-Cultural Management, Globalization
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-13192 (URN)
Conference
Academy for Global Business Advancement (AGBA), 13th Annual World Congress, "Business and Entrepreneurship Development in a Globalized Era”, November 26-28, 2016, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Surakarta (SOLO), Central Java, Indonesia
Projects
Cultural Differences and their Impact on International Marketing Practices
Available from: 2016-12-06 Created: 2016-12-06 Last updated: 2017-11-27Bibliographically approved
Abraha Gebrekidan, D. (2016). The Destructive Impact of the Psychopathic and Narcissistic Leadership on the Diplomatic Dimension of Nation Building. In: 17th International Academy of African Business and Development Conference Proceedings: May 2016, IAABD Annual Conference Proceedings. Paper presented at 17th International Academy of African Business and Development Conference (IAABD), "Governance and business policies: Towards sustainable African business development", Arusha, Tanzania, May 11-14, 2016 (pp. 51).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Destructive Impact of the Psychopathic and Narcissistic Leadership on the Diplomatic Dimension of Nation Building
2016 (English)In: 17th International Academy of African Business and Development Conference Proceedings: May 2016, IAABD Annual Conference Proceedings, 2016, p. 51-Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Abstract: This article examines the Diplomatic Dimension of Nation building in Eritrea in light of the diplomatic vision adopted in 1994 by the so called the Peoples Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ). Both secondary and primary data are used to write this article. The primary data is collected through telephone interviews, personal interviews, skype-interviews and focus-group discussions with some veteran liberation fighters, former government officials, diplomats and some Eritreans who were holding key positions in the government and who have experience and knowledge as to how the narcissists and psychopaths deal with the neighboring countries and regional as well as international cooperation and relationships. The main findings show that the leadership has committed a diplomatic, moral and ethical blunder scoring one of its main failures in the diplomatic dimension of nation building. This is due to the fact that it has applied a militarist and one man owned, designed, decided and mismanaged diplomatic relationships which is not at all co-operative, although it claims that it applies a healthy neighborly, regional and international cooperation and relationships as stipulated in the diplomatic vision. Moreover, the dysfunctional militarist and one man owned, designed, decided and miss managed relationships and diplomatic approach is not properly planned and it is poorly coordinated and terribly mismanaged. This reality has a serious negative consequence on the diplomatic, economic, social, cultural, organizational and political conditions of the country. The other finding of this study is that the reason why the failed, i.e. narcissistic and psychopathic leadership applies a militarist and one man owned diplomatic relationships model is because it clearly understands that to maintain and strengthen its political, economic, cultural, organizational and social power i.e. power of all aspects it has to have a full control of all the diplomatic, economic, financial and human resources in the country. The reason why the psychopaths spear headed by the self-appointed destructive dictator do not implement the diplomatic vision is because like all the other visions envisaged in the 1994 charter, the diplomatic vision was not designed to be implemented but to help the dictator to get enough time to create the conditions necessary to implement the hidden vision which the Eritrean people couldn’t yet design appropriate strategies to fight it adequately and to dismantle its power apparatus. The last reason for the failure of the diplomatic dimension of nation building is the lack of a competent and authentic leadership that possesses the qualities of an effective, legacy building and developmental leadership.

Keywords
Nation building, Diplomacy, Leadership, PFDJ Charter, Eritrea
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Retailing and International Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-13190 (URN)978-0-620-70935-4 (ISBN)
Conference
17th International Academy of African Business and Development Conference (IAABD), "Governance and business policies: Towards sustainable African business development", Arusha, Tanzania, May 11-14, 2016
Projects
Nation Building Research Project
Available from: 2016-12-06 Created: 2016-12-06 Last updated: 2017-11-27Bibliographically approved
Abraha, D. & Mukhtar, S.-M. (2016). The Process of Firm Establishment In International Markets: A European Telecommunications Operator in Latin America. In: Anita Spring & Pantaleo Rwelamila (Ed.), 17th International Academy of African Business and Development Conference Proceedings: Governance and business policies: Towards sustainable African business development. Paper presented at 17th International Academy of African Business and Development Conference (IAABD), "Governance and business policies: Towards sustainable African business development", Arusha, Tanzania, May 11-14, 2016 (pp. 376-390).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Process of Firm Establishment In International Markets: A European Telecommunications Operator in Latin America
2016 (English)In: 17th International Academy of African Business and Development Conference Proceedings: Governance and business policies: Towards sustainable African business development / [ed] Anita Spring & Pantaleo Rwelamila, 2016, p. 376-390Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Our understanding of the process of firm establishment of foregin firms within the developing and emerging countries remains limited, while the market-specific context-driven nature of the firm establishment process has been largely overlooked in the literature. We aim to address these omissions and explore the establishment process of a Spanish multinational telecommunication firm, Telefónica, in Brazil and Chile applying the "Four Stages Firm Establishment Process Model" by Abraha (1994). We identify strategic responses crafted by Telefónica to overcome competitive challenges during its establishment process. We revise Abraha's model in view of the findings and conclude with implications for managerial practices and future research.

Keywords
Internationalization, Firm Establishment, Telefonica, Brazil, Chile
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-13191 (URN)978-0-620-70935-4 (ISBN)
Conference
17th International Academy of African Business and Development Conference (IAABD), "Governance and business policies: Towards sustainable African business development", Arusha, Tanzania, May 11-14, 2016
Projects
Establishment Processes in the International Market
Available from: 2016-12-06 Created: 2016-12-06 Last updated: 2017-11-27Bibliographically approved
Deraz, H., Baffour Awuah, G. & Abraha Gebrekidan, D. (2015). Assessing the Value of Social Network Sites' Advertisements. In: Proceedings of the Third International Conference on E-Technologies and Business on the Web, Paris, France 2015: . Paper presented at Third International Conference on E-Technologies and Business on the Web, Paris, France, March 26-28 2015 (pp. 89-101).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Assessing the Value of Social Network Sites' Advertisements
2015 (English)In: Proceedings of the Third International Conference on E-Technologies and Business on the Web, Paris, France 2015, 2015, p. 89-101Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-10857 (URN)978-1-941968-08-6 (ISBN)
Conference
Third International Conference on E-Technologies and Business on the Web, Paris, France, March 26-28 2015
Available from: 2015-04-23 Created: 2015-04-23 Last updated: 2017-11-27Bibliographically approved
Auruskeviciene, V., Radon, A., Abraha, D., Reardon, J. & Vida, I. (2015). Consumer Decision Model of Intellectual Property Theft in Eurasia Markets. In: 15th EBES conference, Jan 8-10, Lisbon, Portugal: . Paper presented at 15th EBES conference, January 8-10, Lisbon, Portugal.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Consumer Decision Model of Intellectual Property Theft in Eurasia Markets
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2015 (English)In: 15th EBES conference, Jan 8-10, Lisbon, Portugal, 2015Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-10855 (URN)
Conference
15th EBES conference, January 8-10, Lisbon, Portugal
Available from: 2015-04-23 Created: 2015-04-23 Last updated: 2017-11-27Bibliographically approved
Deraz, H., Baffour Awuah, G. & Abraha Gebrekidan, D. (2015). Factors Predicting Consumers' Assessment of Advertisments on Social Networking Sites. International Journal of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (IJDIWC), 5(2), 111-123
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Factors Predicting Consumers' Assessment of Advertisments on Social Networking Sites
2015 (English)In: International Journal of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (IJDIWC), ISSN 2225-658X, E-ISSN 2225-658X, Vol. 5, no 2, p. 111-123Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Marketers act on social networking sites (SNSs) in order to be more efficient in merchandising their products and/or services. Even so, the scope of the published studies regarding the assessment of advertisements on social networking sites (SNAs) is limited. Consequently, the present study aimed to consider credibility and interactivity, in addition to information, entertainment and irritation values, as main factors for consumers’ assessment of SNAs, as perceived by SNSs’ users.An analysis of empirical data helped to identify four main factors for assessing SNAs. These were: information value, entertainment value, credibility value and interactivity value. Irritation value was the only factor that had no significant effect on the assessment of SNAs. Furthermore, based on the beta coefficients, the information and entertainment values of SNAs, in conjunction with credibility and interactivity values, had different outcomes from previous studies. Consequently, the interactivity value was the strongest among the four predictors for assessing SNAs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
The Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications, 2015
Keywords
Advertisements’ value, Online Ads Value, Social Networking Ads, Social Networking Sites
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Humanities and Social sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-10858 (URN)10.17781/P001671 (DOI)
Available from: 2015-04-23 Created: 2015-04-23 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
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