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This book re-examines management theory ‘after Globalization’. Combining key names and studies from across the world, it explores the local realities that resist universal theories and that permeate the daily lives of practising managers.

The book provides a comprehensive and critical reflection on the widely documented phenomenon of globalization in business. It assesses the implications of the diversity of individual economies and enterprises for general theories of management and concludes by presenting new approaches to the study and research of management and organizations.

Towards a Relational Theory of Organizational Collaboration
Towards a relational theory of organizational collaboration
Thomas B.Lawrence, NelsonPhillips and CynthiaHardy

Organizational collaboration has been an important managerial issue since the development of large-scale business enterprises in the early 1800s (Blackford and Kerr, 1994: 203). As we near the end of the twentieth century, collaboration remains an important organizational activity and an increasingly important topic in management research (see Alter, 1990; Huxham, 1995; Smith et al., 1995). Yet, despite the growing number of articles, books, and conferences on the subject, the notion of organizational collaboration remains diffuse. Arrangements such as strategic alliances, trade associations, joint-marketing agreements, and roundtables on the environment are all discussed as forms of collaboration, despite the obvious differences in these co-operative relationships. Similarly, the theoretical ...

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