The Interorganizational Relationships Process: An Asset Orchestration Mechanisms Perspective in an SME Context

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2017-01-04
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Pelletier, Claudia
Vieru, Dragos
Croteau, Anne-Marie
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This exploratory study analyzes the collaborative efforts between two small and medium enterprises (SMEs) engaged in an interorganizational relationship (IOR) aimed at developing co-specialized and complementary assets through coordinating mechanisms. Despite the richness of the literature on IOR, less is known about the mechanisms that trigger and affect collaborative efforts during an IOR process. We adopt a qualitative and processual approach and draw on the concepts of assets orchestration mechanisms, surface structures and deep structures to propose a conceptual framework. We conjecture that the connection between surface structures and deep structures of the IOR process is facilitated by three specific mechanisms: allocating resources, structuring resources and coordinating resources. Our single case data analysis suggests that IOR efforts work well across organizational boundaries between business partners thanks to the assets orchestration mechanisms and when shared vision and artefacts are translated into shared processes and practices. \
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Interorganizational relationship, Asset orchestration mechanisms, Deep structures, Small and medium enterprise
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10 pages
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Proceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
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