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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Journal of Inter-Organizational Relationships

For a Special Issue on
The Research of International Relationships: Cross-Border Issues, Settings, and Insights

Manuscript deadline
01 December 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Claude Obadia, ESCE International Business School, Paris
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David Gilliland, Colorado State University
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The Research of International Relationships: Cross-Border Issues, Settings, and Insights


A long history exists of IOR scholarship in international settings.  This impressive body of work was originally focused on market entry, export relationships and performance and negotiations and disputes).  It quickly blossomed into investigations of important IOR topics including strategy, transaction costs and relationship structure, control, governance, channel integration and motivation.  More recently, scholars in this domain have made inter-organization trust a major theme, as well as diversity and culture, relational norms and relationship quality.

International IORs face significant and unique challenges including psychic, geographic and cultural distances and disruptions, financial constraints and regulations, political risk, communication difficulties, and cultural differences, governance, control and motivation and feelings of foreignness.  These, and other important topics such as methodological concerns, continue to drive the international IOR literature.


The impetus for this special issue on international IOR topics is to motivate additional research in the fields of supply chain management, governance, inter-group relationships, international relationship structures, cross-cultural communications and relationships, norms of doing business, trust and relational exchange, network theory, TCA and agency theories, commitment theory, the identity of foreign relationships, methodological issues in cross-cultural research, communication and information exchange and other important topics.  Although the continued advancement of these issues is important, it is also important to look to the future to chart new concepts, methods, and theories.  These may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Initiation and dissolution of export relationships
  2. What occurs at the intersection of trust and control in international IOR exchange?
  3. What governance mechanisms are useful – and harmful in international IOR exchange?
  4. Dark side of export relationships. Are they specific forms of opportunism? Is opportunism the only phenomenon associated with the dark side?
  5. How export relationships channel the benefits of international experience to the exporting firm.
  6. How do recent concerns of environmental (and political) risk effect international IOR exchange?
  7. How does the context of an international IOR exchange explain relationship outcomes?
  8. How do new measurement and other methodological advances refine existing international IOR theories and concepts?
  9. Antecedents to the dissolution of international firm relationships.
  10. Cultural differences between exporters and importers and their influence on power dynamics, relational distance, and relationship formalization

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