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Interorganizational Collaboration and the Dynamics of Institutional Fields

By Nelson Phillips, Thomas B. Lawrence and Cynthia Hardy

Abstract

While many aspects of the collaborative process have been discussed in the management literature, the connection between collaboration and the dynamics of institutional fields has remained largely unconsidered. Yet, collaboration is an important arena for inter–organizational interaction and, therefore, a potentially important context for the process of structuration upon which institutional fields depend. In this paper, we argue that institutionalization and collaboration are interdependent; institutional fields provide the rules and resources upon which collaboration is constructed, while collaboration provides a context for the ongoing processes of structuration that sustain the institutional fields of the participants

Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
Year: 2000
DOI identifier: 10.1111/1467-6486.00171
OAI identifier: oai:eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk:5613
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