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Alliance teams

WithBrian Tjemkes, Pepijn Vos, Koen Burgers

Alliance teams allow the combination of specialized resources and expertise over organizational boundaries and occasionally national boundaries, and are as such a key driver of alliance performance. This chapter starts by exploring the alliance team challenge in some detail and alliance team types. Insights are provided on activities associated with the management of alliance teams, as a stand-alone entity and as part of a multi-team system. With the introduction of the multi-team system perspective, the chapter focuses on goal hierarchy, hand-offs and multi-team membership. An alliance has strategic, tactical and operational teams with very specific tasks that require different inputs, processes and outputs. Coordination and control in the context of alliance teams is extremely prevalent because the coordination of alliance activities occurs in the absence of structures and systems available in conventional organizational context. The chapter concludes with a summary and a case illustration.