This working paper will present a detailed overview of transparency dilemmas in interorganizational forms of cooperation (i.e., alliances) in Dutch agriculture and food industry. The overview of dilemmas and related alliance factors are based on a literature research and analysis of two collaborative transparency cases in Dutch agriculture and food industry. The occurrence of these transparency dilemmas can be partly explained by research on alliances in general and transaction costs economics theory in particular. This paper is one of the first attempts to investigate the nature of possible transparency conflicts in alliances. It provides practitioners with a concise overview of possible transparency dilemmas and some solutions to overcome these.
The case analysis benefited greatly from the detailed discussions with Mr. K. Bink from Nutreco. We would like to thank him for his time and enthusiasm. We also thank the KLICT organization (Chain networks, Clusters & ICT) for their research grant which made this research possible.
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