Navid Asgari

I am an associate professor of corporate strategy at the Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University, in New York City. As a researcher, I study the interplay of value chain integration. alliances and technological change. As a teacher, I try to help my students understand the importance of strategy for firms' success.


Facts and Myths in Drug Pricing

New York, NY  |  October 28, 2019

150 W 62nd St, New York, NY 10023

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Firms with resources that make them attractive allies are also desirable partners for competitors, so that competition among partners is embedded in alliance portfolios. We develop a framework in which competition within a portfolio creates benefits for a focal firm but threatens partners, increasing the hazard of alliance termination. We then propose four mechanisms for managing the threat of competition to partners, reflecting aspects of portfolio configuration: alliance governance, social cohesion, social structure of competition, and partner similarity. We test our framework using a sample of 204 biopharmaceutical firms with alliance portfolios comprising 1,621 alliances between 1990 and 2000. The study addresses the interplay of competition and cooperation in alliance portfolios and, more generally, key aspects of value chain integration strategy.