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The Oxford Handbook of Inter-Organizational Relations (Oxford Handbooks)


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Inter-organizational relations (IOR), the study of Strategic Alliances, Joint Ventures, Partnerships, Networks and other forms of relationship between organizations, is a field of study that has burgeoned over the last four decades, but is fragemented, drawing contributions from a wide variety of disciplines, theoretical bases, and sectoral interests. The Oxford Handbook of Inter-Organizational Relations provides a structured overview of the field. With contributions from leading international experts on their particular areas of expertise, it is an authoritative introduction to its research findings.

The material is organized in three main sections.

The first relates to research that focuses on particular manifestations of IORs such as industry, supply, policy and project networks, public and voluntary sector partnerships, strategic alliances, and so on.

The second section relates to research that stems from distinct disciplinary or theoretical bases, including social networks, evolutionary theory, transaction cost economics, management process, psychology, critical theory political theory, economic geography, and the legal perspective.

The third section focuses on key topics in contemporary IOR topics - or those that will become so in the future. These include, trust, power, development interventions, social capital, learning and knowledge, dynamics and change, and evaluation.

About the Author

Steve Cropper is Professor in Management at the Centre for Health Planning and Management and first Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Management at Keele University, UK. His research concerns strategy making, decision support and inter-agency collaborative working in health and public services, working closely with policy makers and practitioners. He is inaugural chair of an advisory committee for the National Health Service's 'Research for Patient Benefit' programme. Current research projects are tracing the formation and development, over time, of partnerships and networks in community and health care settings using ethnographic, process evaluation and action research. He is co-editor of three other books and author of a series of papers on collaborative inter-organizational processes. He is a steering group member and former convenor of the Special Interest Group on Inter-Organizational Relations of the British Academy of Management. Mark Ebers is Professor of Business Administration, Corporate Development and Organization, at Cologne University, Germany, since 2004. He has been International Visiting Fellow at the Advanced Institute of Management (AIM, UK) in 2006, visiting professor at Tilburg University (2004), Harvard Business School (2002), Harvard University (1997), and Bocconi University (1996). In 1989/90 he was a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at Harvard University. He has edited The Formation of Inter-Organizational Networks (OUP, 1997), co-edited a Special Issues of International Studies of Management and Organization on industry networks (vol. 27, no. 4, 1997-98), and has published a number of articles on inter-organizational relations. He is co-founder and co-organizer of the EGOS Standing Working Group on Business Networks, and has convened sub-themes on inter-organizational relations at five EGOS colloquia. Chris Huxham is a Senior Fellow of the ESRC /EPSRC Advanced Institute of Management Research, Professor of Management at the University of Strathclyde Business School and Chair of the British Academy of Management. She has been researching in this area for more than 17 years and has a large number of publications in the area. She has three times received awards from the Academy of Management for articles based on this work. This work is brought together in her book, Managing to Collaborate: the Theory and Practice of Collaborative Advantage (Routledge, 2005). She is editor of Creating Collaborative Advantage (Sage, 1996), which brought together contributions from authors in the United States and Europe. She was Founding Convenor of the British Academy of Management's Special Interest Group on Inter-Organizational Relations and co-founder of the annual International Conference on Multi-organizational Partnerships, Alliances and Networks (MOPAN), now in its fourteenth year. Peter Smith Ring has been a faculty member at Loyola Marymount University since 1990, and Professor of Strategic Management since 1994. Previously, he was an Associate Professor on the faculty at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Professor Ring has been engaged in the study of cooperative inter-organizational relationships since 1984. His research focuses on networks and strategic alliances, the processes for managing strategic alliances, the role of trust in inter-organizational relationships, and public sector-private sector collaboration. The results of this research have been published in a number of leading journals as well as in a number of chapters in research monographs. Professor Ring has been a Fulbright Scholar at Nanyang Business School, Republic of Singapore and a visiting research scholar and/or visiting professor at a wide range of leading international universities.

Table of Contents

Section I: Introduction

1. Introducing Inter-organizational Relations, Steve Cropper, Mark Ebers, Chris Huxham, and Peter Smith Ring

Section II: Manifestations of Inter-organizational Relations

2. Transforming Industrial Distrcits: How Leading Firms are Escaping the Manufacturing Cage, Mark H. Lazerson and Gianni Lorenzoni

3. Inter-organizational Relationships, Chains and Networks: A Supply Perspective, Thomas E. Johnsen, Richard C. Lamming and Christine M. Harland

4. Alliances and Joint Ventures: The Role of Partner Selection from an Embeddedness Perspective, Tina Dacin, Douglas Reid, and Peter Smith Ring

5. Policy and Implementation Networks: Managing Complex Interactions, Erik-Hans Klijn

6. Collaborative Service Provision in the Public Sector, Jodi Sandfort and H. Brinton Milward

7. Voluntary and Community Sector Partnerships: Current Inter-organizational Relations and Future Challenges, Myrna P. Mandell and Robyn Keast

8. Inter-organizational Relationships in Local and Regional Development Partnerships, Mike Geddes

9. Temporary Inter-organizational Projects: How Temporal and Social Embeddedness Enhance Coordination and Manage Uncertainty, Candace Jones and Benyamin B. Lichtenstein

10. Technology Service Inter-organizational Relationships: An Agenda for Information Technology Service Sourcing Research, Pamsy P. Hui, Nils O. Fonstad and Cynthia M. Beath

Section III: Theoretical and Disciplinary Perspectives on the Study of Inter-organizational Relations

11. The Social Network Perspective: Understanding the Structure of Cooperation, Patrick Kenis and Leon Oerlemans

12. Evolutionary Perspectives on Inter-organizational Relations, Alessandro Lomi, Giacomo Negro, and Fabio Fonti

13. Transaction Costs Perspectives on Inter-organizational Relations, Jean-Francois Hennart

14. Critical Perspectives on Collaboration, Nuzhat Lotia and Cynthia Hardy

15. Managing Collaborative Inter-organizational Relations, Paul Hibbert, Chris Huxham, and Peter Smith Ring

16. The Social Psychology of Inter-organizational Relations, Sandra G.L. Schruijer

17. Political Perspectives on Inter-organizational Networks, David Knoke and Xinxiang Chen

18. Perspectives on Inter-organizational Relations in Economic Geography, Henry Wai-chung Yeung

19. Theories of Contract and their use in Studying Inter-organizational Relations: Sociological, Psychological, Economic, Management, and Legal, Peter Smith Ring

Section IV: Key Topics in Inter-organizational Research

20. Trust in Inter-organizational Relations, Reinhard Bachmann and Akbar Zaheer

21. Inter-Organizational Power, Chris Huxham and Nic Beech

22. The Role of Social Capital in Inter-organizational Relationships, Janine Nahapiet

23. Learning and Innovation in Inter-organizational Relationships and Networks, Bart Nooteboom

24. Change, Dynamics, and Temporality in Inter-organizizational Partnerships, Steve Cropper and Ian Palmer

25. Intervening to Improve Inter-organizational Partnerships, Barbara Gray

26. Evaluating Inter-organizational Relationships, Keith G. Provan and Joerg Sydow

Section V: Conclusion

27. The Field of Inter-organizational Relations: A Jungle or an Italian Garden?, Steve Cropper, Mark Ebers, Chris Huxham and Peter Smith Ring

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