Occupying a brokerage position across countries in a network of knowledge-based alliances has the potential to affect innovation by allowing firms to access novel resources across borders. However, transferring and integrating knowledge sourced from partners located in different environments is fraught with frictions due to institutional, cultural, and other barriers. Existing research on brokerage at the ego network level cannot account for this conundrum because it aggregates all partnerships at the firm level and focuses only on structural separation as the source of novelty, overlooking geographic separation as a source of both novelty and barriers to knowledge integration. We overcome this limitation by moving the level of analysis to the brokerage triad, where we hold the structure constant and account for the effects of geographic separation across countries. We develop a typology of four unique brokerage triads based on whether the broker and its partners are distributed across the same or different countries. We find that certain types of brokerage triads have differential effects on firms’ innovation impact while others affect innovation radicalness. Our results suggest that heterogeneity within brokerage portfolios is an important overlooked factor in our understanding of the relationship between global networks and innovation.