Supply Chain Partnering: the role of Interorganizational Adaptation in a Temporal Model

Abstract: In a dynamic, complex, and ambiguous environment supply chain partnering is an important means for companies to continuously adapt and maintain competitive advantage. The failure rate of partnering is still high though, therefore calling for sustained research efforts. This presentation addresses the main concerns of partnerships and contributes by proposing a temporal model in which they fit. Economic,organizational and social perspectives on partnerships are reviewed and it is pointed out how they contribute in the different stages of the temporal model. The aim is to build theory on interorganizational adaptation, a main concern of partnerships which has been contradictory treated in literature, by pointing out the differences and similarities between the reviewed perspectives. Through defining and delimiting the different types of interorganizational adaptation with their antecedents, a path is created for empirically assessing the relationship between adaptation and partnership success.