Designing and managing collaborative enterprises in the automotive industry

Mario Binder, Ben Clegg

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This paper presents the findings of a recently completed research project. It sheds light upon the appropriate governance of inter-firm relationships, in order to achieve competitive success for the whole partnership and its individual members. An exploratory study in the German automotive industry using inductive Grounded Theory was conducted, in order to form a set of propositions that were then validated. The research has resulted in the consolidation of these propositions into a novel concept termed Collaborative Enterprise Governance, which draws on an inter-disciplinary body of knowledge. The core of the concept is a competence based contingency framework that helps enterprise managers in selecting the most appropriate governance strategy (i.e. enterprise structure) for an inter-firm relationships within automotive supply networks (i.e. enterprises), depending on various exogenous and endogenous factors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-152
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Logistics Research and Applications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventEuropean Operations Management Association (EurOMA) - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Jun 2006 → …


  • supply networks
  • collaborative governance
  • automotive industry
  • managing enterprises
  • core competence
  • contingency planning


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