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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Managing Inter-Organizational Relations

Debates and Cases

ISBN 9781137370037
Publication Date September 2017
Formats Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Inter-organizational relations are increasingly important in today's organizational landscape. The management of these relations requires unique understandings and capabilities. Hence it comes as no surprise that the formation, purpose and management of inter-organizational relations are a vital part of most curricula in the fields of business, economic geography, sociology, and policy studies.

Managing Inter-Organizational Relations offers both a thorough review and innovative systematization of the main theoretical debates surrounding different forms of inter-organizational relations – and of the challenges of their management. With a unique collection of cases from around the world addressing different managerial issues, it provides a pioneering and comprehensive analysis of different types of inter-organizational collaboration, including strategic alliances, joint ventures, regional clusters, global value and supply chains, and project as well as innovation networks.
Key features:
• Contains up-to-date empirical research.
• Utilises an innovative structure of debates and cases.
• Packed with a wide-ranging collection of international case studies and examples.
• Offers a unique managerial perspective on inter-organizational relations across different types or forms of collaborative governance.

Jörg Sydow is a Professor of Management at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Elke Schüßler is an Assistant Professor for Organizational Theory at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Gordon Müller-Seitz is a Professor of Strategic Management at the TU Kaiserslautern, Germany.

1. Introduction
2. Institutionalizing the Management of Interorganizational: The Case of Star Alliance; Jörg Sydow
3. Developing a Network as Response to Technological Uncertainty?The Case of SAP's Entry into Cloud Technology; Timo Braun and Thomas I. Schmidt
4. Shaping Collaborative Ties in Competitive Industries: The Case of a Contractor in the US Construction Industry and its Supplier Relationships; Timo Braun and Randy Richards
5. Human Resource Management in an Industrial Service Network; Markus Helfen
6. Managing Health Networks; Benjamin Behar
7. Selecting Partners, Evaluating Practices; Jörg Sydow
8. Developing Networks within the Berlin Optics Cluster; Jörg Sydow, Frank Lerch, Markus Burger and Robert Wagner
9. Public Sector Reform, Outsourcing and Interorganizational Relationships; Carsten Wirth
10. Interorganizational Assemblage in the Face of Uncertainty; Olivier Berthod and Gordon Müller-Seitz
11. The Network Manager's' Challenges in a Norwegian Regional Health Network; Anne H. Gausdal, Guido Möllering and Etty R. Nilsen
12. Managing Coopetition through Horizontal Supply Chain Relations: The Case of Toyota; Miriam Wilhelm - 13. The Development of a Global Fashion Firm by Managing an International Production and Sales Network; Elke Schüßler
14. Implementing Labor Standards in an International Supply Chain; Markus Helfen and Dimitris Stevis
15. Forming Horizontal Networks to Shape Collective Strategies: The Case of the SEMATECH Consortium; Uli Meyer and Cornelius Schubert
16. Wikimedia: Managing the Transnational Network Organization behind Wikipedia; Leonhard Dobusch
17. Knowledge Sharing Routines in an Automotive Supplier Network; Alexander Bode and Rafael Raschk
18. New Developments in the Study and Management of Interorganizational Relations.


This unique book deftly manages to highlight common themes within the rich and heterogeneous field of inter-organizational relationships.' Gianni Lorenzoni, University of Bologna, Italy.
'This is an impressive and exceptionally wide-ranging work that presents and analyses the large and complex field of inter-organizational relations and networks in an accessible and systematic way. The authors are to be congratulated on producing a brilliantly conceived and well-researched textbook for students, academic researchers and reflective managers alike.' – Christel Lane, University of Cambridge, UK
'This valuable resource offers a pioneering and comprehensive insight into the networks through which organizations typically collaborate today. It provides clear analyses and case-based illustrations of different types of inter-organizational collaboration, including strategic alliances, regional clusters, global value chains, and innovation networks.' - John Child, University of Birmingham, UK
'We finally have an excellent textbook in the field of inter-organizational relations and networks with international case material and up-to-date research. This book is the perfect resource to help students fully understand the management of inter-organizational relations and networks.' – Jörg Raab, Tilburg University, the Netherlands
'This academically rigorous and accessible text adopts an interdisciplinary approach in understanding the complexities of the inter-organizational experience. With an innovative learning format, topical debates and a wide variety of cases, this is a valuable resource for both students and practicing managers alike.' – T. K. Das, City University of New York, USA
'This book is a major contribution to our understanding inter-organizational relations. It explains and illustrates how strategic alliances and networks are defined, formed and managed. It will be of great value and interest to students, researchers, and practitioners who are interested in inter-organizational alliances.' – Amalya Oliver, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
'This book provides a comprehensive and insightful exploration of inter-organizational relations, accompanied by a large number of case stories to illustrate how such relations may be managed in practice. This is a timely book that both students and managers will greatly enjoy reading.' – Lars Lindkvist, Linköping University, Sweden
'This is a well-organized and comprehensive approach to inter-organizational relations, successfully integrating the theoretical literature with the practical, case-based perspective. Key insights into the complexities of inter-organizational phenomena are provided in each well-written chapter, offering students, practitioners, and researchers a full understanding of the conceptual debates and managerial issues surrounding inter-organizational topics. Overall, a successful text that will not only inform but also stimulate new thinking on the role of inter-organizational relationships in today's competitive, global economy.' – Daniel Bello, Georgia State University, USA
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