- 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
The purpose of this article is to survey this complex field of alliances and networks designed to help produce innovation, without claiming to be exhaustive. Here, the emphasis is placed on a coherent causal analysis that integrates at least some of the many factors that have been found to play a role in innovation and learning in inter-organizational relationships. In particular, this article looks at two issues: competence, which is clearly central in innovation and learning (which is all about developing competence), and governance, i.e. the management of relational risks. This article employs multiple perspectives, from economics, sociology, and cognitive science. Economics aids in dealing with considerations of efficiency; sociology for interaction, and cognitive science because learning is, after all, the central issue.
Bart Nooteboom is Professor of Innovation Policy at Tilburg University. He is author of Inter‐firm Collaboration, Learning and Networks: An Integrated Approach (2004), Trust: Forms, Foundations, Functions, Failures and Figures (2002), Learning and Innovation in Organizations and Economies (2000), Inter‐firm Alliances: Analysis and Design (1999), and some 250 articles on small business, entrepreneurship, innovation and diffusion, innovation policy, transaction cost theory, interfirm relations, and organizational learning. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was awarded the Kapp Prize for his work on organizational learning and the Gunnar Myrdal Prize for his work on trust.
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