Relational pluralism within and between organizations

Andrew Shipilov, Ranjay Gulati, Martin Kilduff, Stan Li, Wenpin Tsai

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Relational pluralism exists when actors maintain multiple kinds of relationships with one another and develop multiple identities as a result. The outcomes of relational pluralism can include greater flexibility in building network ties, more stable exchange relationships, and the ability to adopt tailored innovations. We develop a typology of relational pluralism and examine both the positive and negative features of relational pluralism inside and across organizations. We conclude with a discussion of future directions for research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)449-459
Number of pages11
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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