Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Relational Pluralism Within and Between Organizations

SHIPILOV Andrew, GULATI Ranjay, KILDUFF Martin, LI Stan, TSAI Wenpin
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Academy of management Journal 57, 2 (2014) 449-459

Relational pluralism exists when actors maintain multiple kinds of relationships with one another and develop multiple identities as a result. The outcomes of relational pluralism can include greater flexibility in building network ties, more stable exchange relationships, and the ability to adopt tailored innovations. We develop a typology of relational pluralism and examine both the positive and negative features of relational pluralism inside and across organizations. We conclude with a discussion of future directions for research.