In recent years, various research disciplines have increasingly showed interest in the collaboration among companies. This includes literature on alliances, on new forms of organizations consisting of more or less loosely coupled entities, and on innovation research describing crowd-mechanisms and open-innovation initiatives.
In industrial marketing, such collaborations have long been acknowledged as inter-organizational interactions in business relationships between companies that interconnect several such relationships into networks. The business relationships have been described as the enabler of firms and their strategic intentions, in how resources are provided by business partners. At the same time, literature refers to how present relationships disable firms from conducting their strategies independent of others. This is explained by how companies act and react to strategies performed by other companies in the network-context.
Parallel to this, strategy research emphasizing strategic flexibility point to how companies need to be adjustable to their environment, and focuses on the actual strategic practice.
The doctoral course "Strategizing in Networks" links strategy to business relationships of firms to create an understanding for how companies can and cannot strategize in an interconnected environment, what strategy may look like when other firms are taken into account, and how firms may create strategies on a collaborative level.
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