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The past in play: tradition in the structures of collaboration

Hibbert, Paul and Huxham, Chris (2010) The past in play: tradition in the structures of collaboration. Organization Studies, 31 (5). pp. 525-554. ISSN 0170-8406

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Abstract

Inter-organizational collaboration has been argued to present as many complex challenges as it tries to solve. In this paper, we explore the role of tradition in these challenging and problematic contexts. In particular, we are concerned with the ways in which traditions emerge, endure of change in relationship with (an in the context of) collaborative structures. Our research in three collaborative situations indicates that traditions can be found at work in collatoration at a range of temporal depths amongst overlapping groups, networks and societal structures. Through the characterization of the different temporal depths of traditins and their relationship to collaborative structures, this paper develops a theory role of the role of tradition in collaboration. In particular, through drawing out the effects of the different forms of tradition in collaborative network structures, this study also yields insights for the theory and practice of interorganizational collaboration.

Item type: Article
ID code: 13426
Keywords: interorganization collaboration, tradition, structure, network, Management. Industrial Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, Strategy and Management, Management of Technology and Innovation
Subjects: Social Sciences > Industries. Land use. Labor > Management. Industrial Management
Department: Strathclyde Business School > Strategy and Organisation
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Depositing user: Ms Hilde Ann Quigley
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2010 14:02
Last modified: 27 Mar 2014 08:49
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/13426

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