It’s not about the maestro: a case of orchestration failure in an interorganizational network

31 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2022

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Maria Martini Barzolai

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Department of Management

Anna Moretti

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Department of Management

Date Written: July 15, 2022

Abstract

Orchestrated networks represent one type of well-studied interorganizational networks where a central organization carries the burden of developing the network and making sure it reaches the desired outcomes. Through a qualitative case study in the tourism field, we enlighten how in such a process the orchestrator balances different pressures and dynamics coming from the other network members interacting at two different levels, the political and the operative ones. We explain the final negative outcome as the orchestrator failed to acknowledge (i) the multi-layered network structure, and (ii) the misalignment of actors’ belonging to the two levels of interaction (the operative and the political one). Our paper therefore represents one of the first empirical cases of orchestration failure and allows us to advance extant theory of orchestration by proposing a multi-level and pluralistic vision of such a process.

Keywords: Interorganizational network, Network orchestration, Orchestration failure, Tourism

JEL Classification: L14, Z83

Suggested Citation

Martini Barzolai, Maria and Moretti, Anna, It’s not about the maestro: a case of orchestration failure in an interorganizational network (July 15, 2022). Department of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia Working Paper No. 10, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4163642 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4163642

Maria Martini Barzolai

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Department of Management ( email )

San Giobbe, Cannaregio 873
Venice, 30121
Italy

Anna Moretti (Contact Author)

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Department of Management ( email )

San Giobbe, Cannaregio 873
Venice, 30121
Italy

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