Publication
Title
Analyzing inter-organizational relationships in the context of their national business systems: a conceptual framework for comparative research
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Abstract
This paper suggests a cross-country comparative framework for the study of inter-organizational relationships. It provides a perspective that links the micro-, meso- and macro-levels of analysis, dealing with the following issues: (a) the role of socio-organizational factors in relationships across organizational boundaries; (b) legal contractual arrangements, human capital features, and the practices of using information and communication technologies as key factors in the environment in which inter-organizational relationships are embedded; and (c) convergence versus divergence of cultural and institutional patterns of national business systems. Also, the effects of governance regime (Anglo-Saxon vis--vis Continental-European) and population size (large vis--vis small) are argued to play an important role in determining the quality of inter-organizational relationships across Western European national business systems. The conceptual argument presented in this article is illustrated by reference to Germany, the UK, The Netherlands and Ireland.
Language
English
Source (journal)
European societies: official journal of the European Sociological Association. - London
Publication
London : 2009
ISSN
1461-6696
Volume/pages
11:1(2009), p. 49-76
ISI
000265629100004
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
UAntwerpen
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Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Creation 08.07.2009
Last edited 01.11.2017
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