Facio ut facias

Grandori, A. and Furlotti, M. ORCID: 0000-0001-6750-9547, 2009. Facio ut facias. International Studies of Management & Organization, 39 (4), pp. 81-100. ISSN 0020-8825

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This exploratory study takes a look at the puzzle of what type of contracts are suitable for governing innovation, with particular atte ntion to inter-firm networks. It employs a conceptual framework that integrates organizational theory of formal coordination with economic perspectives on contracting, and innovate previous analyses in two ways: developing an assessment of alternative contractual forms in terms of knowledge governance and not only in terms of conflict resolution; analyzing contracts according to the intensity at which they incorporate not only market-like mechanisms, but also hierarchical and bureaucratic mechanisms, and a usually neglected array of associational and democratic mechanisms, as related to the level of uncertainty and innovation. A new type of 'associational' and 'constitutional' contract, resource based rather than action-based, is singled out as particularly fit to the governance of innovation. The framework is empirically applied to content analyze the written agreements regulating inter firm alliances for innovation in a comparative case study approach.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Studies of Management & Organization
Creators: Grandori, A. and Furlotti, M.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2009
Volume: 39
Number: 4
ISSN: 0020-8825
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 25 Sep 2018 10:39
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2018 11:33
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/34568

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