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

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Fabrice Lumineau

Purdue University

Stephanie Eckerd

University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business

Sean Handley

University of Notre Dame

Date Written: March 1, 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Lumineau, Fabrice and Eckerd, Stephanie and Handley, Sean, Inter-Organizational Conflicts: Research Overview, Challenges, and Opportunities (March 1, 2015). Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation, 2015, 1(1): 42-64. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2571914

Fabrice Lumineau (Contact Author)

Purdue University ( email )

610 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47906
United States

Stephanie Eckerd

University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business ( email )

College Park, MD 20742-1815
United States

Sean Handley

University of Notre Dame ( email )

361 Mendoza College of Business
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5646
United States

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