Implications of data-sharing for contractual and relational governance in public-private partnerships

Tom Aben*, Wendy van der Valk, Kostas Selviaridis

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Advances in digital technologies, such as smart sensors, force public and private organisations to develop their information processing capabilities. Outsourcing increases organisations’ dependence on partners for information required for decision-making, making inter-organisational governance (i.e. contractual and relational mechanisms) an important lever for organisational information processing. We theoretically ground and empirically validate how inter-organisational governance helps to address information asymmetry that arises when capturing information using digital technologies. Using Organisational Information Processing Theory as our theoretical lens, we conduct four in-depth cases in the Dutch infrastructure sector. We provide evidence on the importance of fit between information processing requirements and governance mechanisms employed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 27th EurOMA Conference
Subtitle of host publicationManaging Operations for Impact
Place of PublicationCoventry
PublisherUniversity of Warwick, Warwick Business School
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020
EventManaging Operations for Impact: EUROMA Conference 2020 - University of Warwick, Warwick, United Kingdom
Duration: 29 Jun 202030 Jun 2020


ConferenceManaging Operations for Impact
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Data-sharing
  • Buyer-supplier relationships
  • Case research


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