Managing collaborative inter-organizational relations

Paul Hibbert*, Chris Huxham, Peter Smith Ring

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This article discusses the jungle of theories and approaches that abound today in works applied to the management of relations between organizations. It discusses the actions of 'individuals' who may be thought of as managers of an inter-organizational entity (IOE). It also explores research that describes organizational capabilities - in the sense of building them - as a product of, and an enactment through, managerial action. It address the various ways in which this kind of research has been conducted, including a discussion of the various methodologies and underlying theories that provide foundations for discussions of the management challenges inherent in dealing with collaboration and areas of substantive focus. Finally, this article closes with a discussion of significant gaps in the literature that require future research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Inter-Organizational Relations
EditorsSteve Cropper, Mark Ebers, Chris Huxham, Peter Ring
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191577277
ISBN (Print)9780199282944
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2009


  • Inter-organizational entity
  • Management challenges
  • Managers
  • Organizational capabilities
  • Research


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