Governance architectures for inter-organisational R&D collaboration

Clegg, Ben, Binder, Mario, Chandler, Simon and Edwards, John (2010). Governance architectures for inter-organisational R&D collaboration. IN: Proceedings of POMS 2010 - Operations in Emerging Economies. UNSPECIFIED.


Inter-organizational relationships are becoming an increasingly important source of competitive advantage and innovation. This study looks at these relationships in the context of inter-organizational R&D collaborations in the European automotive industry. Previous work led to the proposal of a competence-based portfolio framework that explains the design of the inter-organizational architecture and an indicative relationship strategy. This framework comprises four distinct types of governance architecture and relationship strategy. This paper reports on the first confirmatory transfer study, conducted at Jaguar Land Rover, in the UK. The study illustrates developmental paths and patterns in the evolution of inter-organizational relationships using empirical insights. Their configuration and dynamic evolution is contingent upon the ‘engageability’ of the partner companies’ competences based on their attractiveness, transferability and maturity. The study shows that the contingency framework is transferable and practically useful, as well as yielding further practical narrative about inter-organizational practice.

Divisions: Aston Business School > Operations & information management research group
Aston Business School > Operations & information management
Additional Information: Conference of POMS 2010 - Operations in Emerging Economies, Vancouver (CA)
Event Title: 21th Annual Conference of the Production and Operations Management Society - Operations in Emerging Economies
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2010-05-07 - 2010-05-10
Uncontrolled Keywords: inter-organizational governance,portfolio model,framework,contingency ,innovation,enterprise management,R&D collaboration
Published Date: 2010


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