Inhibiting Factors of Interorganizational Cost Management Complementary Study

  •  Rafael Farias    
  •  Valdirene Gasparetto    


The research problem of this study is based on the discussion of inhibitors related Interorganizational Cost Management (IOCM). Taking on an inductive logic, the study´s objective is exploratory by way of a qualitative approach, with the overall goal of analyzing which factors inhibit the applicability of Interorganizational Cost Management. This study is a complement and completion of the debate initiated by Farias (2016). Fifty-four surveys retrieved from the literature were analyzed, which demonstrate the difficulties faced by companies in managing costs in a cooperative manner. Analysis on these studies could illustrate the perceptions held by different businesses, and list the difficulties faced by them, leading to the identification of 30 inhibiting factors. The diversity of the same highlights the interdisciplinary nature, as well as complexity, of the phenomenon in question. The study chose to divide the inhibiting factors into three groups, which relate to the developmental stages of Interorganizational relationships (planning, start of operations and maturation), with the inhibitors present in the three stages. Inhibitory factors related to People were found to be most predominant; the implementation of Interorganizational approaches requires not only changes in processes, but also in the adaptation of organizational behavior on part of those involved. Thus, the application of IOCM cannot be seen as a technical approach, guided by technology and management programs alone, and companies need to overcome internal barriers.

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