Information sharing in public-private relationships: The role of boundary objects in contracts

Florence Karaba, Jens Roehrich, Steve Conway, Jack Turner

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The management of public-private relationships to deliver vital public products and services is crucial to ensure high performance. While extant public management studies have started to position contracts as vital in managing information exchange, these studies paid limited attention to unpack the elements within a contract, and their role and capacity, to support (or hinder) information sharing. Drawing on primary and secondary datasets, we examine three relationships between a pharmaceutical company and public healthcare organizations. While findings reveal that contracts can function as a common reference point, individual boundary objects differ both in their information processing and exchange capacities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2166-2190
Number of pages25
JournalPublic Management Review
Issue number11
Early online date17 Apr 2022
Publication statusPublished - 17 Apr 2022

Bibliographical note

No funding was acknowledged.


  • Boundary object
  • contract
  • information asymmetry
  • information sharing
  • public-private relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Administration


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