Sustainable development of inter-organizational relation ships and social innovations

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The paper discusses the key factors that contribute to the successful "nurturing" of inter-organizational relationships and evolving partnership activities in a pursuance of social innovations. In the first section of the paper, the factors influencing inter-organizational collaboration are reviewed. The second section discusses the content of inter-organizational interaction forms and link between maturity of collaboration, sustainability of relationships and partnership's potential for social innovations. In the third part, the modern shifts in leadership are talked about. The fourth part presents the empirical research made, and a discussion based on the research findings is submitted. Research was based on the qualitative methods: in-depth interview, case study, participant observation and personal reflection, and analysis of documentary materials. Three cases in two organizations were studied. The analyzed inter-organizational partnerships have shown that in less mature forms of inter-organizational interaction, innovations are unlikely, as compared with the inter-organizational partnership and integrative collaboration. Also found that collaborative leadership is a dominant factor when thinking about innovative joint work results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-76
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Security and Sustainability Issues
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012



  • Collaborative leadership
  • Inter-organizational collaboration
  • Maturity of partnership
  • Social innovations
  • Sustainability of inter-organizational relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety Research
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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