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What happened with the grandiose plans? Strategic plans and network realities in B2B interaction
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Industrial Marketing and Industrial Economics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2010 (English)In: INDUSTRIAL MARKETING MANAGEMENT, ISSN 0019-8501, Vol. 39, no 6, 963-974 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research concerned with business relationships and organizational levels, respectively, has addressed companies difficulties in realizing their strategies. Studies of business relationships explain this through actions and reactions among business partners. Organizational studies note gaps between strategic and operational organizational levels in perceptions and goals. This paper combines these perspectives to obtain new insights into why company strategies may not materialize. The purpose of this paper is to describe and discuss how actor bonds on various organizational levels in business relationships affect strategy realization. The paper shows that actors on similar organizational levels representing different companies may actually share more understandings and activities than actors within the same company. The paper contributes to research on dyadic business relationships by highlighting differences in perspectives on various organizational levels, adds insights into research studying organizations by including a business-relationship aspect, and increases understanding of why strategic plans sometimes fail to succeed.

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Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. , 2010. Vol. 39, no 6, 963-974 p.
Keyword [en]
Strategy, Organizational levels, Operational, Top management, Acquisition, Procurement project, Case study, BT Industries, Volvo Group
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-60246DOI: 10.1016/j.indmarman.2010.06.016ISI: 000281982100011OAI: diva2:355846
Available from: 2010-10-08 Created: 2010-10-08 Last updated: 2010-10-08

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