- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Introducing Inter‐organizational Relations
- Manifestations of Inter‐organizational Relations
- Transforming Industrial Districts: How Leading Firms are Escaping the Manufacturing Cage
- Inter‐organizational Relationships, Chains, and Networks: A Supply Perspective
- Alliances and Joint Ventures: The Role Of Partner Selection From An Embeddedness Perspective
- Policy and Implementation Networks: Managing Complex Interactions
- Collaborative Service Provision in the Public Sector
- Voluntary and Community Sector Partnerships: Current Inter‐organizational Relations and Future Challenges
- Inter‐organizational Relationships in Local and Regional Development Partnerships
- Temporary Inter‐organizational Projects: How Temporal and Social Embeddedness Enhance Coordination and Manage Uncertainty
- Technology Service Inter‐organizational Relationships: An Agenda for Information Technology Service Sourcing Research
- Theoretical and Disciplinary Perspectives on the Study of Inter‐organizational Relations
- The Social Network Perspective: Understanding the Structure of Cooperation
- Evolutionary Perspectives on Inter‐organizational Relations
- Transaction Costs Perspectives on Inter‐organizational Relations
- Critical Perspectives on Collaboration
- Managing Collaborative Inter‐organizational Relations
- The Social Psychology of Inter‐organizational Relations
- Political Perspectives on Inter‐organizational Networks
- Perspectives on Inter‐organizational Relations in Economic Geography
- Theories of Contract and their use in Studying Inter‐organizational Relations: Sociological, Psychological, Economic, Management, and Legal
- Key Topics In Inter‐organizational Relations Research
- Trust in Inter‐organizational Relations
- Inter‐organizational Power
- The Role of Social Capital in Inter‐organizational Relationships
- Learning and Innovation in Inter‐organizational Relationships
- Change, Dynamics, and Temporality in Inter‐organizational Relationships
- Intervening to Improve Inter‐organizational Partnerships
- Evaluating Inter‐organizational Relationships
- The Field of Inter‐organizational Relations: A Jungle or an Italian Garden?
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
Researchers view the significance of power in a variety of ways. Some see this as vested in organizations' need for control in their relationships with others. Others regard power — the power to achieve ends more effectively through joint action — as an important positive outcome from a productive relationship between organizations. For a third group, the significance of power is embodied in the term ‘empowerment’. The perspectives on power in the inter-organizational relationship (IOR) literature also vary across many other dimensions. This article identifies, compares, and integrates views across several of these. Its overall perspective is on what research says about the operation of power in IOR settings: the processes through which things are influenced, what power is used for, and how it can be appropriated. Before introducing these dimensions, however, this article provides a brief overview of some of the IOR contexts in which power issues are raised.
Chris Huxham is a Senior Fellow of the ESRC /EPSRC Advanced Institute of Management Research, Professor of Management at the University of Strathclyde Business School and Chair of the British Academy of Management. She has been researching in this area for more than 17 years and has a large number of publications in the area. She has three times received awards from the Academy of Management for articles based on this work. This work is brought together in her book, Managing to Collaborate: the Theory and Practice of Collaborative Advantage (Routledge, 2005). She is editor of Creating Collaborative Advantage (Sage, 1996), which brought together contributions from authors in the United States and Europe. She was Founding Convenor of the British Academy of Management's Special Interest Group on Inter-Organizational Relations and co-founder of the annual International Conference on Multi-organizational Partnerships, Alliances and Networks (MOPAN), now in its fourteenth year.
Nic Beech is Professor of Management at St Andrews University, Scotland. His research is mainly focused on the social dynamics of organizational life—the intertwining of people's identities, relationships, and practices. He has a particular interest in Cultural Industries and the Health Sector. Nic is the founding chair of the British Academy of Management Special Interest Group on Identity.
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