Title
Analyzing inter-organizational relationships in the context of their national business systems: a conceptual framework for comparative research Analyzing inter-organizational relationships in the context of their national business systems: a conceptual framework for comparative research
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Economics
Source (journal)
European societies: official journal of the European Sociological Association. - London
Volume/pages
11(2009) :1 , p. 49-76
ISSN
1461-6696
ISI
000265629100004
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
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.
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