Chapter 8: The organization as a nexus of partnerships
The Nobel Prize winner Oliver Williamson suggests that we observe market and hierarchy as different forms of contractualizations (Williamson 1983, p. 253). From this perspective, an organization is seen as a nexus of contracts. What if we similarly see the organization as a nexus of partnerships? And what do organizational possibilities look like if the organization is perceived to be in the process of becoming a nexus of partnerships? What I want to address in this chapter is the fact that it is not only the contract relation between organization and employee that shifts in the direction of partnerships, it is also the relations between organization/ citizen, organization/student, organization/patient, organization/client, and so on, which develop in the direction of partnerships. (And again I want to stress that my primary point of reference is the public sector, although I believe that we might observe a similar development in the relationship organization/consumer. My knowledge in that field is rather limited.)
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