AO. Wood and Gray - resource dependency, collective action, interorganizational collaboration

  • AO: The analysts propose six theoretical perspectives to explain and examine collaborative behavior: resource dependence, corporate social performance/institutional economics, strategic management/social ecology, microeconomics, institutional/negotiated order, and political.

  • AO: Analysts argue that limitation of current theories of collaboration (in organizational theory are that most focus on the individual organization rather than interorganizational problem domain. They hold that focus needs to shift from org to domain level. (meso to macro?)

  • AO: The analysts use resource dependence theory to describe why interdependencies are created (because some orgs possess vital resources and are the source of environmental pressures for others). To reduce these pressures, orgs enter collaboration to gain control over crucial resource supplies. (156)

  • AO: Analysts leverage theories of collective action to ask: “what are the relationships between the self-interests of individual participants and the collective interests of the stakeholders of the problem domain?” (161). Analysts note that stakeholders’ self-interests and a problem domain’s collective interests are not as easy to separate as they first appear.


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