The Field of Inter‐organizational Relations

Steve Cropper, Mark Ebers, 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

 The Field of Inter‐organizational Relations

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This article concludes that at this point in its development, and from the vantage point of organization science, inter-organizational relations (IORs) seem to constitute an emerging sub-field of organization science focusing on the inter-organizational level of analysis and beginning to develop its own institutional trappings. The empirical and conceptual basis which draws together scholars interested in IORs can be found in a specific focus on questions about the boundaries or identities of inter-organizational entities, including bilateral and multilateral partnerships and alliances, clusters, groups, and networks, their relational structures, contents, and practices. As IOR's perhaps most important mother discipline, organization science, has successfully demonstrated throughout its history, it can be most fruitful if research endeavours draw on, and learn from, concepts, theories, and methods first developed in other disciplines and fields of scientific enquiry.

Keywords: inter-organizational relations; organization science; inter-organizational entities; multilateral partnerships; alliances; clusters

Article.  8653 words. 

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

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