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Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Dissertation Examination for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Management

Aug 12/14

Date: Aug 12/14
Time: 13:30 - 16:30
Location: Waterloo Campus Schlegel Centre Ernst and Young Boardroom (SBE 3220)
Cost: Free

Adrian Tan
PhD in Management

The Transient Collaboration Model: Theory Building, Structural Formation, and Operationalization

This thesis seeks to describe the Transient Collaboration Model as a business model, its underlying theoretical principles, its empirical evidence, and its types of possible collaboration structures. The research seeks to determine how companies may build sustained competitive advantages through the structural design of their collaboration networks as a strategic option. 

Companies' ability to retain long-term competitive advantages is limited in more unpredictable environments. Companies also could not afford to internally build and hold all the possible varieties and quantities of resources and capabilities to build future competitive advantages. 

Collaborating through networks can provide companies with access to multiple partners with diverse resources and capabilities. The full potential of networks to re-configure collaborations to match resources and capabilities to requirements can come through the goal-based transient collaboration process. The thesis extends Structural Contingency Theory to the network-level to study inter-organizational structures and contingencies. It develops novel propositions to explain the links between these structures and contingencies with focus on innovation research networks. 

Through a case study, the thesis verifies or partially verifies four of these theoretical principles by comparing these with the transient collaboration activities of companies in the field. Next, the thesis creates and analyses simulations of transient collaboration networks to provide understanding of how collaboration structures affect both company and network-level performances. The contribution of the thesis is to extend the academic literature with the theoretical principles of transient collaborative networks, to acquire empirical evidence for such networks, to improve understanding of collaboration structures formations, and to lay the foundation for additional research undertakings in the area.

Dr. Patricia Goff

Dr. Hamid Noori

Dr. Ignacio Castillo
Dr. Kevin Hendricks
Dr. Bill Morrison

Dr. Clay Whybark (Institute for Defence and Business)

Contact: Meghan Delaney
Phone: 4182

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