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Human side of collaborative partnerships: a micro-foundational perspective

Liu, Y., Sarala, R. M., Xing, Y. and Cooper, C. L. (2017) Human side of collaborative partnerships: a micro-foundational perspective. Group & Organization Management, 42 (2). pp. 151-162. ISSN 1059-6011

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The research on collaborative partnerships has accumulated a vast body of knowledge, which has assisted us with comprehending several complex organizational phenomena, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, joint ventures, and entrepreneurial partnerships. Yet, the existing studies have not paid sufficient attention to the human side factors. We join the current conversation within the micro-foundations perspective of management and organization studies by suggesting that investigating the human side factors as the micro-foundations of collaborative partnerships can advance our collective understanding of the phenomena in important ways. This article has three general objectives. First, we show that collaborative partnerships have been a long-standing issue in management and organization studies and provide an overview of the puzzles that informed and motivated this special issue. Second, we highlight the key insights and contributions of the papers included in this special issue by reviewing their theoretical underpinnings, methodological approaches and findings. Finally, we outline a future research agenda on the human side of collaborative partnerships that can help advance management and organization studies.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
ID Code:81589


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