Mechanisms of hybrid governance: Administrative committees in non-equity alliances

Jeffrey Reuer, S.V. Devarakonda

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Recent research on the governance of hybrid organizational forms has
investigated the contractual foundations of collaborations by examining
how firms craft complex contracts as well as plan for changing
circumstances during contract execution. We build upon and extend this
research by considering the contractual delegation of authority to a dedicated structural interface for a collaboration. In particular, our theory suggests that partners are more likely to employ steering committees to help partners guide their interactions, address unanticipated contingencies that materialize, and mitigate incipient conflicts when partners have substantial needs for coordinated adaptation. An analysis of alliances in the biopharmaceuticals industry explicates the formal governance mechanisms that support high-tech partnerships and identifies determinants of the administrative structures firms utilize in contractual agreements to enhance their adaptive limits.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)510-533
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Issue number2
Early online date10 Feb 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016


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  • business policy and strategy
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