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Interorganizational Systems and Embedded Relationships: A Resource Dependency Perspective of Interoganizational Systems Management

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Title: Interorganizational Systems and Embedded Relationships: A Resource Dependency Perspective of Interorganizational Systems Management

 

Author(s): Christopher T. Street & David Goldsmith

 

Abstract:

This paper adopts a resource dependency perspective to demonstrate the premise that interorganizational systems (IOS) are not all created equal, but are all related in such a way that influences their manageability and conduciveness to change. This principle is theoretically established and empirically supported through a comprehensive review of the IOS literature. Associations between four base IOS types - reciprocal-sequential, modular-sequential, modular-pooled, and reciprocal-pooled - are established. The relationships are represented as a series of propositions that together define an embedded resource dependency theory of IOS management. This theory is then used to provide a new perspective on two long-standing questions: whether technology-specific IOS research represent conceptually distinct fields of study, and why eHierarchies and eMarkets do not develop entirely as predicted. The paper concludes with a discussion of future research opportunities, such as the effects of the type of IOS relationship on an important organizational capability, the ability of network members to adopt new technology.

 

 

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