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Change, Dynamics, and Temporality in Inter‐organizational Relationships

Steve Cropper and Ian Palmer

in The Oxford Handbook of Inter-Organizational Relations

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199282944
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199282944.003.0024

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

 Change, Dynamics, and Temporality in Inter‐organizational Relationships

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Since organizational research started systematically to look beyond the single organization at the character and significance of inter-organizational relationships (IOR), there has been a gradual accumulation of work seeking to understand change and dynamics in IOR. More recently, there has been interest in exploring certain temporalities in IORs, reflecting interest in the wider field of organizational studies, where a number of substantial essays have addressed issues of change and time in organizational analysis. This article aims to outline and build upon this emerging interest in how more explicit attention to change, dynamics, and temporality can assist in the understanding of IORs. It takes each of these concepts and maps their implications for IORs, indicating where IOR research has incorporated them as questions or as parts of explanatory schemes. It also identifies how relevant theoretical traditions might be harnessed to enable further development of these relatively new lines of IOR research.

Keywords: organizational research; inter-organizational relationships; organizational studies; organizational analysis; dynamics

Article.  11662 words. 

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

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