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Inside Networks

Inside Networks

A Process View on Multi-organisational Partnerships, Alliances and Networks

Tobias Gössling , Leon Oerlemans , Rob Jansen

Edited by Tobias Gössling, Assistant Professor, Leon Oerlemans, Professor and Rob Jansen, Lecturer, Department of Organisation Studies, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

2007 320 pp Hardback 978 1 84542 784 9

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‘No organization is an isolated island. All organizations are connected to others through various collaborations, alliances and networks. While research into these forms of connectivity has been increasing markedly in recent years much of it remains surprisingly static, structural and statistical in orientation. Inside Networks breaks with this tradition to present research that is processual, qualitative and focused on the nature of the interactions that constitute these innovative collaborations, alliances and networks.’
– Stewart Clegg, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

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?

Contents
Contributors: M. Arthur, M. Barnes, R. DeFillippi, T. Gössling, B. Gray, P. Hibbert, C. Huxham, R. Jansen, L. Knight, J. Knoben, V. Lindsay, E. Matka, L. Oerlemans, D. Purdue, A. Pye, H. Sullivan, M. van Nuenen

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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.

Full table of contents

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 Gössling and Rob Jansen

2. Inside Relationships: A Review of Institutional Approaches towards Multi-organisational Partnerships, Alliances and Networks
Tobias Gössling

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 Gössling 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 Gössling and Rob Jansen

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