- 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
Inter-organizational projects (IOPs), in which multiple organizations work jointly on a shared activity for a limited period of time, are increasingly used to coordinate complex products/services in uncertain and competitive environments. For some time, project management researchers have examined the structures and processes within intra-organizational projects that lead to their success, and recently some outlines of a ‘theory’ of organizational projects have been offered. This article begins by defining IOPs. It then describes how temporal embeddedness and social embeddedness provide specific mechanisms for managing uncertainty associated with these projects, and facilitating collaboration amongst project actors. Next, it illustrates the insights by combining these two dimensions and exploring them across four contexts within which IOPs are the dominant form of coordination among organizations, including film, architecture, crisis response, and large-scale engineering infrastructure. Finally, it offers suggestions for future research and conclusions.
Candace Jones is Associate Professor in the Department of Organization Studies at Boston College. Her research interests are Inter‐organizational relations, careers in project‐based organizations, and cultural industries. She has published in Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Organization Studies, Management Learning, Human Resources, Academy of Management Executive, and has a forthcoming piece in the Journal of Organizational Behavior. She has co‐ edited several special issues and volumes including Manufactured Authenticity in Cultural Industries for Journal of Management Studies, Transformations in Cultural Industries for Research in the Sociology of Organizations and Managing Paradox in Creative Industries for Journal of Organizational Behavior. She is on the editorial review boards of Organization Science, Organization Studies, and the Journal of Management Studies, and is Co‐editor for Essays at the Journal of Management Inquiry.
Benyamin B. Lichtenstein is Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneur‐ ship at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. His research utilizes insights from complexity science to explore the dynamics of entrepreneurship and organizational change. More recently he has been exploring sustainability efforts driven by multilevel Inter‐organizational collaborations. Benyamin received his Ph.D. from Boston College, and has published over 40 journal articles, proceedings, and book chapters, including articles in Organization Science, Journal of Business Venturing, and Academy of Management Executive, where he received the ‘Article of the Year’ award in 2000.
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