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Paper info: Activity coordination from a firm perspective-towards a framework

Title


Activity coordination from a firm perspective-towards a framework

Authors


Lars Bankvall
Chalmers University of Technology
Sweden
Lars Bankvall

Place of Publication


The paper was published at the 24th IMP-conference in Uppsala, Sweden in 2008.

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Abstract


Firms perform a multitude of activities. How activities are being performed, in isolation and in combination, are determinants of the costs and revenues of a firm (Håkansson and Snehota, 1995). Their combination highlights dependencies present between activities, which in turn are managed by coordination (Malone and Crowston, 1994). The paper takes the individual activity as the starting point, where after expanding into a network of interdependent activities, at the same time as relating to the individual firms performing the activities. The conclusions hold that by analyzing both sequential and parallel activity interdependencies, using two sets of analytical concepts, it is possible to capture activity interdependencies of importance to an individual firm.