Inter-organizational governance: a review, conceptualisation and extension

Kurt Roehrich, Kostas Selviaridis, Tejasav Kalra, Wendy van der Valk, Feng Fang

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

101 Citations (SciVal)
162 Downloads (Pure)


Although the concepts of relational and contractual governance in inter-organizational relationships have attracted academic and practitioner interest over the last decades, to date there have been limited comprehensive and systematic efforts to review, analyse and synthesise extant literature. We review and analyse 1,415 publications identified from a wide range of management disciplines and journals from 1990 to 2018. We deploy bibliographic and content analyses to offer a comprehensive literature analyses and synthesis and subsequently develop and position a multidimensional framework of exchange governance. The proposed framework covers existing conceptualisations of exchange governance and its diverse mechanisms, environmental dimensions influencing the use of exchange governance mechanisms and performance implications. We uncover areas that are currently under-studied and draw out fruitful future research avenues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453–469
Number of pages17
JournalProduction Planning and Control
Issue number6
Early online date6 Aug 2019
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2020


  • Exchange governance
  • buyer-supplier relationships
  • contracts
  • inter-organizational relationships
  • literature review
  • trust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Inter-organizational governance: a review, conceptualisation and extension'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this