This book advances our understanding of interaction processes in multi-organisational partnerships, alliances and networks. By adopting a relational approach on collaboration, control, learning, conflict in and failure of inter-organisational relationships and networks, the book attempts to fill an existing gap in the literature. In so doing, it poses and answers leading questions such as: Which processes matter inside inter-organisational relationships and networks? What are the consequences of relations within them?
The contributors' approach is relatively novel in the field of network studies: the process or relational stance taken complements existing knowledge on structural characteristics of inter-organisational relationships and networks. A number of key processes essential to their functioning and performance are addressed, and a future research agenda for structuralist, interactionist and combined approaches is recommended.
Academics and practitioners focussing on organisation studies in general, and inter-organisational network research more specifically, will find this book a compelling read, as will consultants in inter-organisational collaboration and relationships.
Edited by Tobias Goessling, Assistant Professor, Leon Oerlemans, Professor and Rob Jansen, Lecturer, Department of Organisation Studies, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Contents: Preface PART I: MONITORING AND CONTROL IN PARTNERSHIPS AND NETWORKS 1. Inside Networks - A Process View on Inter-organisational Relationships and Networks Leon Oerlemans, Tobias Goessling and Rob Jansen 2. Inside Relationships: A Review of Institutional Approaches towards Multi-organisational Partnerships, Alliances and Networks Tobias Goessling 3. Beyond Boundaries: A Cognitive Perspective on Boundary Setting Martine van Nuenen 4. Building Collaborative Capacity for Collaborative Control: Health Action Zones in England Helen Sullivan, Marian Barnes and Elizabeth Matka 5. A Learning Network Approach to Community Empowerment Derrick Purdue PART II: LEARNING IN PARTNERSHIPS AND NETWORKS 6. Collaboration, Knowledge and Learning: Integrating Perspectives Paul Hibbert and Chris Huxham 7. Brokerage, Closure and Community Dynamics: Implications for Virtual Knowledge Work Collaborations Robert DeFillippi, Michael Arthur and Valerie Lindsay 8. The Search for Network Learning: Some Practical and Theoretical Challenges in Process Research Louise Knight and Annie Pye PART III: CONFLICTS AND FAILURES IN PARTNERSHIPS AND NETWORKS 9. Tie Failure: A Literature Review Leon Oerlemans, Tobias Goessling and Rob Jansen 10. Frame-based Intervention for Promoting Understanding in Multiparty Conflicts Barbara Gray 11. From Inter-organisational Conflict to Collaboration: The Case of the Music Recording Industry Rob Jansen and Joris Knoben PART IV: CONCLUSIONS 12. Conclusions: Questions for Future Research Leon Oerlemans, Tobias Goessling and Rob Jansen Index