The purpose of this paper is to describe a multi‐method approach for examining collaborative relationships.
Collaborative relationship performance is examined by combining narratives, structured questionnaires, and perceptual mapping within a case‐based approach.
Details associated with case selection and subsequent analysis are discussed. Themes emerging from the study are used to illustrate the depth of insights that were gained.
The findings demonstrate the value of the approach in discovering insights that would not have emerged from more commonly utilised methodologies.
The methodology described in this paper captures the detailed dynamics of collaborative business relationships. As such, it allowed us to identify specific steps that managers can take to improve the performance of their collaborative relationships: in particular by ensuring that everyone involved in the relationship shares an understanding of the purpose of the relationship, and the roles of the participating individuals and organisations.
The paper describes a new approach to studying collaborative business relationships, which is needed since the overall performance of collaborative business relationships is not improving in spite of extensive previous research trying to uncover the factors that influence performance.
Palakshappa, N. and Ellen Gordon, M. (2006), "Using a multi‐method qualitative approach to examine collaborative relationships", Qualitative Market Research, Vol. 9 No. 4, pp. 389-403. https://doi.org/10.1108/13522750610689104Download as .RIS
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