The past in play : tradition and collaboration
The thesis presents the results of an investigation into the role of tradition in interorganizational collaboration. The main part of the research was conducted in three collaborative contexts: a regional business network; a network of national science groups; and a European science network. The situations were researched over a period varying from one to three years. The findings provide indications of the role of tradition in the conflicts and complexities of collaboration and therefore contribute to an understanding of the difficulties of collaborative practice. Inferences about the inter-relation of tradition with structures, notions of identity and knowledge are developed and linked to a collaborative interaction in relation to small groups, networks and broad societal patterns. These inferences help to provide a more developed conceptualization of the role of tradition in collaborative situations. Since these points are grounded in the data collected during this research - but are also connected to relevant theories of tradition, identity, social structure and knowledge - they are of direct relevance to the consideration of collaboration, but may be of utility in other areas of organization studies.