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How & why governance dynamics emerge in inter-organizational networks : a meta-ethnographic analysis

Kaat De Pourcq (UGent) and Katrien Verleye (UGent)
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Over the past few decades, governance was a pervasive theme in discussions of strategy and management in the context of inter-organizational networks. To date, network researchers call for a dynamic theory of governance in inter-organizational networks to deal with increased uncertainty in the network environment and unpredictable network changes. In response to this call, the present research aims to generate a better understanding of how and why governance mechanisms in inter-organizational networks change over time and the implications of such governance evolutions for the network actors. Based upon a meta-ethnographic analysis of 19 longitudinal case studies, a multitude of governance mechanisms ranging from relational to formal governance are identified at the single dyad, multiple dyad and network level. These governance mechanisms constitute five network governance dynamics over time: purely relational, relational-formal, combinations of relational and formal, formal-relational, and purely formal governance patterns. These governance dynamics empirically demonstrate that governance in inter-organizational networks is always possible in other, although not infinite, ways. By detailing the conditions under which path dependencies occur, the present research advances the literature on network governance.
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Qualitative research, Intervention Strategies and Practices and Systems Changes

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De Pourcq, Kaat, and Katrien Verleye. 2018. “How & Why Governance Dynamics Emerge in Inter-organizational Networks : a Meta-ethnographic Analysis.” In Academy of Management Proceedings. Academy of Management.
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De Pourcq, K., & Verleye, K. (2018). How & why governance dynamics emerge in inter-organizational networks : a meta-ethnographic analysis. ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT PROCEEDINGS. Presented at the 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Academy of Management.
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De Pourcq K, Verleye K. How & why governance dynamics emerge in inter-organizational networks : a meta-ethnographic analysis. ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT PROCEEDINGS. Academy of Management; 2018.
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De Pourcq, Kaat, and Katrien Verleye. “How & Why Governance Dynamics Emerge in Inter-organizational Networks : a Meta-ethnographic Analysis.” Academy of Management Proceedings. Academy of Management, 2018. Print.
@inproceedings{8589617,
  abstract     = {Over the past few decades, governance was a pervasive theme in discussions of strategy and management in the context of inter-organizational networks. To date, network researchers call for a dynamic theory of governance in inter-organizational networks to deal with increased uncertainty in the network environment and unpredictable network changes. In response to this call, the present research aims to generate a better understanding of how and why governance mechanisms in inter-organizational networks change over time and the implications of such governance evolutions for the network actors. Based upon a meta-ethnographic analysis of 19 longitudinal case studies, a multitude of governance mechanisms ranging from relational to formal governance are identified at the single dyad, multiple dyad and network level. These governance mechanisms constitute five network governance dynamics over time: purely relational, relational-formal, combinations of relational and formal, formal-relational, and purely formal governance patterns. These governance dynamics empirically demonstrate that governance in inter-organizational networks is always possible in other, although not infinite, ways. By detailing the conditions under which path dependencies occur, the present research advances the literature on network governance.},
  articleno    = {17901},
  author       = {De Pourcq, Kaat and Verleye, Katrien},
  booktitle    = {ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT PROCEEDINGS},
  issn         = {0065-0668},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Chicago},
  number       = {1},
  publisher    = {Academy of Management},
  title        = {How \& why governance dynamics emerge in inter-organizational networks : a meta-ethnographic analysis},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2018.17901abstract},
  year         = {2018},
}

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