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according to strategic management book, a strategic alliance is a
partnership btween firms whereby their resources and capabilities are
combined to create a competitive advantge. so what is for an airline
compay such as Unite. American or one of the three main alliances (one
world, star or skyteam) 

Questions:

  1. In
    general, why do airlines form an alliance with one another (particularly
    internationally) rather than expanding by acquisition?
  2. What is the history of the alliance to which you were assigned?
  3. Describe
    the main benefits that airlines hope to gain through membership. What
    is the competitive advantage of your particular alliance (if you find
    there is one)?
  4. Categorise the alliance in terms of the three
    types of strategic alliance. Also describe the cooperative strategy of a
    member firm in relation to its business-level and corporate level
    strategy.
  5. Think through issues of the future of airline
    alliances. If you were the CEO of a major US airline, what might worry
    you about your particular alliance, if anything?