The reading list below contains a link to books and white papers on alliances and related topics. The book links are links to, the white paper links are links to the sites where they are hosted. If you have any additional resources that should be included in this list, then please let me know and I will add them to the list.

Successful Partnerships & Strategic Alliances

When looking for an introduction into the topic of partnerships and strategic alliances my eBook “Successful Partnerships & Strategic Alliances” will be a good starter.

25 Tips for Successful Partnerships and Alliances

In the 76 page ebook “25 Tips for Successful Partnerships and Alliances” I am sharing Alliance success elements as my 25 tips for you to apply in your partnerships and alliances.

The 4-step guide to successful partner selection

The 4-step guide to successful partner selection will guide you step by step in your partner selection in a structured, yet pragmatic, way. It is a practical process that will create the foundation for a successful partnership.

Strategic Alliance Management

Brian Tjemkes, Pepijn Vos and Koen Burgers wrote Strategic Alliance Management, an academic book that is at the same time a great handbook and reference manual to have on your alliance bookshelf.

Remix Strategy

Remix Strategy by Ben Gomes-Casseres describes the three laws of business combinations that are needed to create joint value in alliances, partnerships, acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures.

Alliance Advantage

Alliance Advantage: The Art of Creating Value Through Partnering by Yves Doz & Gary Hamel could be revered to as a “classic” and absolutely worth the read if you are serious about alliances.

Strategic Alliances

Strategic Alliances: Three Ways to Make Them Work (Memo to the Ceo) by Steve Steinhilber is an easy to read book that describes in an entertaining fashion how Cisco creates their alliances with partners.

Getting to WE

Getting to We by Jeanette Nyden, Kate Vitasek and David Frydlinger is about developing and negotiating highly collaborative relationships. The deal is not the focus, but part of the relationship.

Mastering Alliance Strategy

Mastering Alliance Strategy: A Comprehensive Guide to Design, Management, and Organization by Ben Gomes-Casseres offers a guide to, not just setting alliance strategies, but also beyond in setting the design for management and organization.

Harvard Business Review on Strategic Alliances

The Harvard Business Review on Strategic Alliances describes a number of alliance cases and lessons learned from actual alliances.

Build, Borrow, or Buy: Solving the Growth Dilemma

Build, Borrow, or Buy: Solving the Growth Dilemma by Laurence Capron and Will Mitchell dives extensively into the strategic rationale of alliances: is creating an alliance the right answer for our growth challenges or are other options preferable?


In Alliances – An Executive Guide to Designing Successful Strategic Partnerships Ard-Pieter de Man describes in a pragmatical fashion several sorts of alliances and how they could be successfully created.

Samen werken, samen winnen

Brian Tjemkes and Pepijn Vos have written Samen werken, samen winnen in Dutch about public – private partnerships.

Spiritual Principles in Strategic Alliances

In Spiritual Principles in Strategic Alliances: Transform Status Quo Mediocrity into Greatness Joe Kittel looks at alliances from the perspective of the alliance manager and what needs to be done to create – and maintain – a healthy alliance relationship

Strategic Alliances Management

Strategic Alliances Management by Eric Snethkamp provides a practical overview of strategic alliances management and tools and tips to make it successful.

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