Managing Collaborative Inter‐organizational Relations

Paul Hibbert, Chris Huxham and Peter Smith Ring

in The Oxford Handbook of Inter-Organizational Relations

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199282944
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

Managing Collaborative Inter‐organizational Relations

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This article discusses the jungle of theories and approaches that abound today in works applied to the management of relations between organizations. It discusses the actions of ‘individuals’ who may be thought of as managers of an inter-organizational entity (IOE). It also explores research that describes organizational capabilities — in the sense of building them — as a product of, and an enactment through, managerial action. It address the various ways in which this kind of research has been conducted, including a discussion of the various methodologies and underlying theories that provide foundations for discussions of the management challenges inherent in dealing with collaboration and areas of substantive focus. Finally, this article closes with a discussion of significant gaps in the literature that require future research.

Keywords: managers; inter-organizational entity; organizational capabilities; research; management challenges

Article.  11308 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour ; Business Strategy

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