Analysing Inter-Organizational Relationships in the Context of Their Business Systems: A Conceptual Framework for Comparative Research

Bachmann, Reinhard and Witteloostuijn, Arjen Van (July 2006) Analysing Inter-Organizational Relationships in the Context of Their Business Systems: A Conceptual Framework for Comparative Research. IHS Sociological Series 78

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Abstract: This paper suggests a cross-country comparative framework of inter-organizational relationships and organizational performance. It connects three different bodies of literature, dealing with three different issues: the role of (a) socio-organizational factors in relationships across organizational boundaries; (b) legal contractual arrangements, human capital features, and information and communication technologies as control and coordination mechanisms; and (c) convergence versus divergence of cultural and institutional patterns of national business systems. The argument is illustrated by reference to Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and the Netherlands. In so doing, the effects of population size (large for Germany and Great Britain vis-à-vis small for Ireland and the Netherlands) and governance regime (Anglo-Saxon in Great Britain and Ireland vis-à-vis continental-European in Germany and the Netherlands) are argued to play a central role in determining the nature of interorganizational relationships.;

Item Type: IHS Series
Keywords: 'Nationale Wirtschaftssysteme' 'Interorganisationale Beziehungen' 'Theoretischer Bezugsrahmen' 'Vergleichende Forschung' 'National business systems' 'Interorganizational relations' 'Theoretical framework' 'Comparative research'
Status: Published
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 10:38
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2017 08:35
URI: http://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/1719

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