Engsig Juliane, Nielsen Bo bernhard, Chiambaretto Paul, Ramaroson Andry haja
Where to look for an international alliance partner?

We combine insights from strategic alliance literature, international business and economic geography to explore where firms form international alliances. We focus specifically on the importance of micro-locational factors such as global cities. This paper is an attempt to provide a better understanding of the complex, multilevel factors that interact to make a particular partner in a particular location more likely to be chosen by a focal firm. We take an explorative methodological approach trough a cluster analysis of international alliances made by American companies in 2015. One main contribution is the effect of micro-locational characteristics when studying international alliance formation at a city level.