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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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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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