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    Journal of Business Research Special Issue Call for Papers

    This JBR Special Issue is to provide a forum for the further

    development and application of a resource interaction approach

    to the study of inter-organizational relationships and networks.

    While this approach has emerged from within the Industrial

    Marketing and Purchasing (IMP) Group, the resource interaction

    approach has an interdisciplinary discourse involving

    innovation and new product development, strategic management,

    and Science and Technology Studies (STS).

    Instead of focusing on the allocation of internal resources,

    the resource interaction approach emphasizes the interactions

    and combinations of resources at the inter-organizational level.

    Resources can be technical, organizational and knowledge

    based. The key point is that the value of resources depends on

    their combinations with other resources, located both inside and

    outside firm boundaries. The Special Issue should provide

    answers to the following questions. How does the value of a

    certain product emerge from its interactions with other

    resources? What possibilities and barriers to developing a

    focal resource (e.g., a facility or a business unit) derive from the

    resource interfaces that embed it? How do actors influence

    resource combinations and what management controls do they

    apply to affect resources in the network? The Editors of this

    JBR Special Issue welcome submissions building from the

    following potential (but not restricted) themes:

    • The possibilities and challenges in managing networks of


    • New insights on logistics and supply networks that analyzing

    resource interactions can provide

    • The role of users in the creation, development and combination

    of resources

    • The process of gaining and using knowledge in resource

    combining and its relation to value creation

    • The management control and accounting of resource

    combinations at the inter-organizational level

    • Internationalization processes and MNC headquarter–

    subsidiaries relations from a resource interaction perspective

    • The role of resource interactions in the development and

    practice of routines and strategic capabilities across firm


    • The process of new product development and technology

    innovation from a resource interaction perspective.

    Deadline for submission: 15th July 2009

    All manuscripts should follow the general guidelines for

    authors of Journal of Business Research. Manuscripts should not

    have been published or be under consideration at other journals.

    Please submit your paper electronically to each of the JBR Special

    Issue Editors: Enrico Baraldi, Uppsala University, Sweden

    (; Espen Gressetvold, Trondheim

    Business School, Norway (; Debbie

    Harrison, BI Norwegian School of Management, Norway


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