Control of Inter-organizational Relationships: Evidence on Appropriation Concerns and Coordination Requirements

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This paper presents a framework of the control of inter-organizational relationships. Building on transaction cost economics and organizational theory, two control problems are identified that arise when firms engage in inter-organizational relationships: the management of appropriation concerns and the coordination of tasks. The control mechanisms used to manage these control problems and their interrelationships with informal (trust-based) mechanisms are discussed. The explanatory power of the framework is assessed by a case study of a strategic alliance between a buyer and a supplier of railway safety equipment.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAccounting, Organizations and Society
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)27-49
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

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