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Configurations of inter-organizational relationships: a comparison between US and Japanese automakers

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This paper uncovers dominant configurations of inter-organizational relationships across the USA and japan in the automotive industry. We integrate relevant theoretical concepts from transaction cost economics, organization theory and political economy to develop a conceptual model of inter-organizational relationships based on the fit between information processing needs and on formation capabilities. This model is employed to collect data on 447 buyer-supplier relationships in these two countries. We empirically uncover a set of five naturally occuring patterns of inter-organizational relationships. These configurations provide rich explanations of the complexity of inter-organizational relationships. We discuss implications for further research partaining to the logic and development of configurations

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