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Why should we collaborate? Exploring partners’ interactions in the psychosocial spaces of an inter-organisational collaboration

Kourti, Isidora (2017). Why should we collaborate? Exploring partners’ interactions in the psychosocial spaces of an inter-organisational collaboration. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 33(2) pp. 93–101.

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The study explores the interplay between collaborative and independent action in inter-organisational collaborations (IOCs). Towards this aim, the research suggests the use of psychosocial spaces as an innovative perspective that allows exploring how collaborative and non-collaborative actions unfold, as partners (re)identify themselves in relation to the changing needs of the collaboration. Following a qualitative longitudinal study, the paper contributes the concept of psychosocial space as a distinctive approach to examine IOCs. In this way, the study offers an alternative way to perceive IOCs as interactive spaces characterised and transformed by the collaborative and independent activity embedded within them. It also proposes that collaborative and independent actions emerge in IOCs through identity development processes. Finally, the research suggests that identity interactions in IOCs are not a burden in need to be resolved for the achievement of a common collaborative identity.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 0956-5221
Keywords: collaborative action; independent action; psychosocial spaces; identity interactions; inter-organisational collaborations (IOCs); narratives
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 51013
Depositing User: Isidora Kourti
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 10:21
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 11:26
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