To which we belong: understanding the role of tradition in interorganizational relations

Paul Hibbert, Aidan McQuade

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    This article explores tradition in the context of collaboration. We take a view of tradition as rooted in reference groups, which are conceptually distinct from membership groups. Through research in two particular collaborations supporting technology business development in the UK, we find that tradition, as a potential cause of failure or inertia, is inter-organizationally significant. We argue that insight into the nature of tradition - in particular its dynamic interplay with culture in the formation of identity - allows participants to develop some useful language that supports more effective reflective practice in collaboration.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)73-88
    Number of pages16
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


    • business partnership
    • management collaboration
    • tradition

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