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Consistent Inconsistency: The Role of Tension in Explaining Change in Interorganizational Relationships
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Abstract [en]

This thesis commences with the notion that interorganizational exchange relationships are dynamic to an unprecedented degree. It is argued that, global production networks have integrated firms into interdependent structures that blur traditional geographical and organizational boundaries. It is also true that the same networks bring together companies with diverse socio-cultural and economic backgrounds. Thus, the thesis focuses on the complexity of the contemporary international business landscape. The purpose of the work performed was to understand the process of change in interorganizational relationships under these complexities.

Through a qualitative study of two main cases and a pilot study, the thesis investigates the networking behavior and the relationship dynamics between multinational companies from Sweden and Turkey, operating in Turkish and Swedish markets, respectively. By examining how firms create, maintain, dissolve and reconstruct their relationships, the thesis contributes to problematizing some of the assumptions that are commonly taken for granted, but which underpin several studies of interorganizational relationship dynamics. The findings illustrate that as recent trends such as cross-border acquisitions frequently perturb the contexts within which firms are embedded, the impact might be favorable for some actors, while others might push for new and different ‘directions’, finding the existing relational arrangements and resource structures counter to their future goals. Yet, the actions of parties are constrained by the structural position in which they find themselves. Thus, the development of an exchange relationship involves multiple processes, often inconsistent with one another, thereby disturbing the stability of the relationship.

Through the aggregation of each paper’s contribution, the “Thesis Summary” offers a wide perspective of the relationship dynamics. By incorporating both teleological and dialectical views, the framework proposed captures both the actions undertaken by individual firms to make change, and the structural forces both promoting and opposing change. Ultimately, the thesis offers a framework for investigating the impact of complexity on change in interorganizational relationships, opening doors to an improved understanding of the significance divergent perspectives and disruptive experiences have on relationship change.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University , 2016. , 97 p.
Series
Doctoral thesis / Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Uppsala universitet, ISSN 1103-8454 ; 178
Keyword [en]
Process of change, interorganizational relationship dynamics, business networks, dialectics, contradictions, tensions
National Category
Economics and Business Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-284596ISBN: 978-91-506-2548-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-284596DiVA: diva2:920687
Public defence
2016-06-10, Hörsal 2, Ekonomikum, Kyrkogårdsgatan 10 C, Uppsala, 10:15 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2016-05-19 Created: 2016-04-19 Last updated: 2016-05-19
List of papers
1. A Network View of MNC Embeddedness in a Politically Uncertain Market: The Case of Turkey
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Network View of MNC Embeddedness in a Politically Uncertain Market: The Case of Turkey
2014 (English)In: Business and Politics, ISSN 1369-5258, E-ISSN 1469-3569, Vol. 16, no 2, 339-372 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-218863 (URN)
Available from: 2014-02-18 Created: 2014-02-18 Last updated: 2017-12-06
2. A network view of the cross-border pre-acquisition evaluation process
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A network view of the cross-border pre-acquisition evaluation process
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Keyword
Acquisitions; Business networks; Pre-acquisition evaluation; Governance mechanism; Political ties.
National Category
Social Sciences Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-284587 (URN)
Available from: 2016-04-18 Created: 2016-04-18 Last updated: 2016-04-18
3. How does uncertainty impact opportunity development in international markets?
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How does uncertainty impact opportunity development in international markets?
2017 (English)In: International Business Review, ISSN 0969-5931, E-ISSN 1873-6149Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-284588 (URN)
Available from: 2016-04-18 Created: 2016-04-18 Last updated: 2017-06-20
4. On the dialectics of inter-organizational relationship development
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On the dialectics of inter-organizational relationship development
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies; Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-284589 (URN)
Conference
8th International Process Symposium (pros)
Available from: 2016-04-18 Created: 2016-04-18 Last updated: 2016-06-30

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