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Conceptualizing inter-organizational triads
Univ Southern Denmark, Dept Mkt & Management, Campusvej 55, DK-5230 Odense, Denmark..
Univ Vaasa, Fac Business Studies, Management, POB 700, FIN-65101 Vaasa, Finland..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2016 (English)In: Industrial Marketing Management, ISSN 0019-8501, E-ISSN 1873-2062, Vol. 57, 139-147 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Interest in triads and triadic research settings for the study of inter-organizational issues is growing. A literature review of inter-organizational studies, claiming a use of triadic research design, shows that the terms "triad" and "triadic" have been used to describe many different types of inter-organizational phenomena. However, not all studies involving a context of three actors are actually examining triads. This paper offers a robust definition of three-actor constellations qualifying as triads. Moreover, it elaborates on different types, of inter-organizational triads, based on two aspects of collectivity; cohesion and the ability to act as a single entity. The definition of inter-organizational triads and the categorization of different types of triads will hopefully encourage further studies of triads; the smallest and simplest network which offers insights, which cannot be achieved in the study of single actors or dyads.

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2016. Vol. 57, 139-147 p.
Keyword [en]
Triad, Dyad, Business relationships, Network, Research design
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-304421DOI: 10.1016/j.indmarman.2016.01.005ISI: 000381591000014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-304421DiVA: diva2:1033143
Available from: 2016-10-05 Created: 2016-10-05 Last updated: 2016-10-05Bibliographically approved

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