Development of `timescapes' to effectively manage global inter-organizational relational communications
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The globalization of business has resulted in the emergence of hyper-competition in many industries. Given the geographic, economic, and cultural dispersion of markets, many organizations have developed network structures to increase their strategic flexibility and to preserve idiosyncratic assets. This reliance on inter-organizational relationships has created an increased need to improve coordination and communication among the members of the global network. The problems associated with effective inter-organizational communications are exacerbated by the accelerating rate of change and time ...a 'quickening' of events. Moreover, managers are required to adapt to the eventful differences in time across national and organizational cultures. This paper develops the concept of 'timescapes' to facilitate effective inter-organizational and inter-cultural communications. A managerial process for decision-making relative to global communications is also presented in the paper. © 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
European Management Journal
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Harvey, M., Griffith, D., & Novicevic, M.
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Harvey, Michael||Griffith, David||Novicevic, Milorad