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Pensamiento & Gestión

Print version ISSN 1657-6276
On-line version ISSN 2145-941X


LONDONO C, Diana. La Autoridad en el caso de una Alianza: Preguntas desde la gestión. Pensam. gest. [online]. 2008, n.24, pp.132-156. ISSN 1657-6276.

Authority as a type of power is the characteristic selected by Weber ([1922]1997) for describing the business enterprise. The New Institutional Economics (NIE) has recognized authority as the explanation for the existence of the firms because it permits lowering coordination costs if compared with those of the market. Today, cooperation agreements or alliances are common and some New Institutional Economists have considered the costs of structuring the contracts that make them pos- sible but they have left authority behind and with it, the coordination of activities in those alliances where no new firm is constituted. This subject is the one that is considered, and the analysis of one case is the source for the different questions asked. In the case studied, two parallel authority structures leave areas in which authority becomes diffuse and coordination debilitates.

Keywords : Authority; alliances; coordination.

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