Inter-Organizational Conflicts: Research Overview, Challenges, and Opportunities
Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation, 2015, 1(1): 42-64
36 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2015 Last revised: 11 Sep 2016
Date Written: March 1, 2015
While inter-personal conflicts have attracted much attention from scholars and practitioners over the last two decades, our understanding of inter-organizational conflicts remains limited. This paper critically assesses current literature on inter-organizational conflicts. We first discuss the specific features of conflicts at the inter-organizational level. Second, we provide an overview of both qualitative and quantitative research conducted in the field. Third, we make suggestions for future research on inter-organizational conflicts. We specifically suggest opportunities to develop theoretical bridges with other streams of literature and to build multi-level models of conflict management. We then discuss important empirical issues associated with doing research on conflicts between organizations and provide recommendations to overcome these challenges.
Keywords: Inter-organizational relationships, Conflict, Review, Research agenda
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