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Relational factors as part of network relationship evaluation

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPractices for network management
Subtitle of host publicationIn search of collaborative advantage
EditorsJukka Vesalainen, Katri Valkokari, Magnus Hellström
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-49649-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-49648-1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2017
Publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


The purpose of the tool is to provide the guidelines for evaluation of network relationships. It helps networked parties to focus on the essential relationship factors when the aim of the focal company is to reduce the need for control. The tool maps the level of relational factors in order to evaluate the potentiality for increasing self-direction between network parties and decrease the need for the focal company’s control. Together, the relational factors including both relational properties and relational behavior aspects form a platform that enables or restricts self-direction. The tool has been developed and tested in a case where the focal company was in need to decrease the control of its supply network and to secure its suppliers’ common cooperation capability.

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Field of science, Statistics Finland