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Paper info: Boundary Objects in Multi-actor Interactions within Tightly Structured Networks

Title


Boundary Objects in Multi-actor Interactions within Tightly Structured Networks

Authors


Debbie Harrison
Norwegian School of Management
Norway
Debbie Harrison ,
Frans Prenkert
Orebro University
Sweden
Frans Prenkert , Per Ingvar Olsen and
Thomas Hoholm
BI Norwegian Business School
Norway
Thomas Hoholm

Place of Publication


The paper was published at the 27th IMP-conference in Glasgow, Scotland in 2011.

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Abstract


Abstract
While there are many papers investigating relationship development and relationship management in IMP, work conceptualising interaction remains limited. This is in particular when studying interaction beyond the level of the dyad. In this paper we shift the empirical lens from the single long-term dyadic relationship to multiple relationships studied across a short time frame. Data from a several court cases relating to the Norwegian food sector captures an intensive set of interactions across five actors over a six month period. We illustrate how boundary objects influence interaction attempts within a network. Connecting and disconnecting effects are produced in the negotiations between multiple retailers and producers as a result of the ongoing use of boundary objects.