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A joint modeling and exploratory framework for intra-firm collaboration within construction and mining equipment industry

Mohit Goswami (Operations Management Group, Indian Institute of Management Raipur, Raipur, India)
Felix T.S. Chan (Department of Decision Sciences, Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau, China)
M. Ramkumar (Operations Management and Quantitative Techniques Group, Indian Institute of Management Raipur, Raipur, India)
Yash Daultani (Operations Management Group, IIM Lucknow, Lucknow, India)
Saurabh Pratap (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, India)
Ankita Chhabra (Strategy Area, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK)

Industrial Management & Data Systems

ISSN: 0263-5577

Article publication date: 17 November 2022

Issue publication date: 27 February 2023




In this research, collaboration attributes related to the firm's intrinsic and extrinsic facets at pertinent levels (i.e. enterprise, strategic, operational, and tactical levels) for construction equipment OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) operating in India have been quantified and modeled.


For modeling the intra-firm collaboration at respective organizational levels, relevant attributes have been populated employing literature review followed by subsequent validation from pertinent focus groups. The focus groups comprising professionals working in the construction and mining equipment industry in India aided us in estimating the extent of interdependencies and influences within/amongst collaboration attributes. The collaboration attributes and respective interdependencies/influences are modeled employing the concept of graph theory wherein the individual attributes are represented using vertices and influences/interdependencies are represented using edges. The collaboration indices resulting from the variable permanent matrix have been derived as well.


Scenario and subsequent sensitivity analysis are performed. This research discusses the significance and aspects related to various collaborative attributes and the interrelations amongst them. Further, the research also evolves quantitative measures of collaboration indices at enterprise, strategic, tactical and operational levels by employing a graph-theoretic approach (GTA). The authors have also extricated and discussed a number of meaningful implications from both the perspectives of interorganizational relationships (IORs) and the normative theory of organizations using a cross-case analysis of five firms having operations in India.


The research would aid organizations (particularly those belonging to the construction equipment sector) measure the efficacy of collaboration in respective value-chains at strategic, tactical and operational levels. From the theoretical perspective, the integration of the IORs and normative theory of organizations enables looking at the intra-firm collaboration problem from a multi-dimensional standpoint involving activities, performance measures, action initiation, communication, shades of top management, level of activity, etc.



Goswami, M., Chan, F.T.S., Ramkumar, M., Daultani, Y., Pratap, S. and Chhabra, A. (2023), "A joint modeling and exploratory framework for intra-firm collaboration within construction and mining equipment industry", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 123 No. 2, pp. 451-491.



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