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date: 28 February 2020

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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

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