Inter-Organizational Collaboration: Units and Levels of Analysis with Multi-Theory Lenses

Wilfred Dolfsma*, Maral Mahdad, Ekaterina Albats, Valentina C. Materia

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Efficient knowledge and information transfer within as well as across organizational boundaries are of a proven importance for survival and growth of firms. At the same time, however, on the one hand, knowledge available within organizations is not always used to its full capacity, at times at the considerable detriment of organizations involved. Furthermore, on the other hand, despite the recognized importance of an efficient interorganizational knowledge transfer, many collaborations have not delivered on their promises. Merges and acquisitions deals, for instance, are prone to fail. The goal of this article is to propose and illustrate a conceptual argument why knowledge and information transfer that crosses departmental and firm boundaries, and in doing so often also domain or disciplinary boundaries, is challenging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)655-660
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Economic Issues
Issue number2
Early online date2022
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2022


  • collaboration
  • firm collaboration
  • knowledge transfer


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