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Bachmann, Reinhard and van Witteloostuijn, Arjen (2009) 'Analyzing Inter-Organizational Relationships in the Context of Their National Business Systems.' European Societies, 11 (1). pp. 49-76.

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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-à-vis Continental-European) and population size (large vis-à-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.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Finance & Management
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Finance and Management
ISSN: 14616696
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Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2015 12:06

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