This chapter focuses on structures and outcomes in contractual relationships between private sector firms in Britain. The chapter is divided into five sections. Section 4.2 briefly reviews the existing literature on contractual relations. Section 4.3 introduces the three private-private contracting case studies. Section 4.4 highlights those institutional factors which strongly influence the contracting and outsourcing strategies of the case study firms. Section 4.5 examines more closely the reasons behind the firms' decisions to outsource or retain activities in-house, whether these have resulted in performance gains or costs, and the nature of risk, trust, and power relationships between the firms involved in the contractual arrangements. Finally, Section 4.6 summarizes and contrasts the findings from our three case studies.
|Title of host publication||Fragmenting Work: Blurring Organizational Boundaries and Disordering Hierarchies|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|
- Contractual relationships
- Private sector firms