Managing in Conflict: How Actors Distribute Conflict in an Industrial Network

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Title: Managing in Conflict: How Actors Distribute Conflict in an Industrial Network
Authors: Finch, John
Zhang, Shiming
Geiger, Susi
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Date: Oct-2013
Abstract: IMP researchers have examined conflict as a threat to established business relationships and commercial exchanges, drawing on theories and concepts developed in organization studies. We examine cases of conflict in relationships from the oil and gas industry's service sector, focusing on conflicts of interest and resources, and conflict as experienced by actors. Through a comparative case study design, we propose an explanation of how actors manage conflict and manage in conflict given that they tend to value and maintain relationships beyond episodes of exchange. We consider conflicts in relationships from a network perspective, showing that actors experienced these while adapting to changes in their business setting, modifying their roles in that network. By identifying conflict with the organizing forms of relationship and network, we show how actors formulate conflict through pursuing and combining a number of strategies, distributing the conflict across an enlarged network.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Copyright (published version): 2013 Elsevier Inc.
Keywords: ConflictRelationshipResourceChemistryOil and gas industry
DOI: 10.1016/j.indmarman.2013.07.024
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Business Research Collection

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