Managing over boundaries in network era - what managers really think about partnership

Katri Valkokari, Tiina Valjakka, Esa Viitamo, Jukka Vesalainen

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference articleScientific


    The aim of this study is to enhance our knowledge of managerial thinking and perceptions of relational business practices in the context of the manufacturing industry, where network studies have typically been limited to the traditional supply networks. This paper is focused on building and testing balanced and indicative metrics for network perceptions through interviews, thematic group discussion, and a pilot survey with 22 companies participating in an industry academia research program that develops relational practices in business networks. Our results indicate that managers' overall view of the business networks is distinctively positive. The networks are considered an especially important means to access new markets, knowledge and resources.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Event32th Annual IMP conference: Change and transformation of markets, networks and relationships - Pozman, Poland
    Duration: 30 Aug 20163 Sept 2016


    Conference32th Annual IMP conference


    • network
    • inter-organizational relationship
    • management
    • qualitative research
    • manufacturing industry


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