Research

Procuring complex performance:Implications for exchange governance complexity


Reference:

Roehrich, J. and Lewis, M., 2014. Procuring complex performance:Implications for exchange governance complexity. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 34 (2), pp. 221-241.

Related documents:

[img]
Preview
PDF (Author's accepted version) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (477kB) | Preview

    Official URL:

    http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-01-2011-0024

    Related URLs:

    Abstract

    Purpose – While previous studies explored the argument that allies the notion of complexity to the complex product-service offerings being procured, this paper explores whether there is a corollary with exchange governance complexity. More specifically, the paper analyzes the relationship between systemic complexity and complexity of contractual and relational exchange governance in procuring complex performance (PCP) arrangements. Design/methodology/approach - A multiple, longitudinal case study method is used to examine the relationship between systemic complexity and exchange governance complexity. The study deploys rich data sets by combining government and company reports with 43 semi-structured interviews. Findings - Preliminary conclusions suggest that as a response to increasing systemic complexity, organizations respond with increasing contractual governance complexity. However, better performing PCP arrangements illustrate that the use of simplified contractual governance in form of working agreements in combination with relational governance such as inter-personal relationships may be more effective to counteract complexity. Practical implications – The paper questions whether organizations should respond with increasing exchange governance complexity to counteract systemic complexity. Managers must consider the manageability and enforceability of complex contracts in combination with the formation of inter-personal relationships and simplified working agreements. Originality/value – This study adds to the limited empirical understanding on the nature of long-term public-private interactions in procuring complex performance. It also contributes through a rare focus on the relationship between systemic complexity and exchange governance complexity in PCP arrangements.

    Details

    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsRoehrich, J.and Lewis, M.
    DOI10.1108/IJOPM-01-2011-0024
    Related URLs
    URLURL Type
    http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84892419684&partnerID=8YFLogxKUNSPECIFIED
    DepartmentsSchool of Management
    Research CentresBath Centre for Healthcare Innovation + Improvement
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code32864

    Export

    Actions (login required)

    View Item

    Document Downloads

    More statistics for this item...