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Decision making in inter-organisational relationships: implications from systems thinking

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The purpose of this paper is to explore and increase the understanding of the dynamics of decision making in inter-organisational networks. There is relatively little research that employs holistic and systemic approaches for enhancing the understanding of the topic. The systemic nature of network-related decisions is illustrated by empirical case examples. We study and illustrate what systems thinking pragmatically means in the context of networks and how it affects the inter-organisational networks and the network-related decision making in the context of business environment, risks, and learning. We also discuss the related academic and managerial implications to decision making in networks.

Keywords: decision making, systems thinking, cognitive maps, causal maps, networks, inter-organisational relationships, business environment, risk management, learning, dynamics, complexity, innovation

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