Solutions in business networks: Implications of an interorganizational perspective
Journal article, 2019

Based on the combination of an interorganizational perspective and a processual view of solutions, this paper analyzes the provisioning of solutions in business networks. Drawing on a case study in a transportation industry setting, the interdependencies between solutions are uncovered. The case illustrates how 1) firms are simultaneously involved in the provisioning of multiple solutions, 2) firms take on multiple roles in the provisioning of solutions in the business network, and 3) solutions are subject to interdependencies via connected relationships and thus form “networks of solutions.” The paper concludes that interdependence among solutions is a significant characteristic, adding to previous research on solutions. Consequently, it is suggested that firms' interaction with various parties in the provisioning of solutions needs considerable managerial and theoretical attention.




Networks of solutions


Business networks


Klas Hedvall

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Siri Jagstedt

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Innovation and R&D Management, Innovation and R&D Management

Anna Dubois


Journal of Business Research

0148-2963 (ISSN)

Vol. In Press

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Areas of Advance


Subject Categories

Transport Systems and Logistics

Business Administration



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