Managing interorganisational collaborations to develop medical technologies: the contribution of interpersonal relationships

Linda Olubajo, Paul Dimitri, Andrew Johnston, Martin Owens

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The development of medical technologies that effectively meet clinical and patient needs increasingly relies upon collaborative working between clinicians, businesses and universities. While this “open” innovation process may provide access to additional resources, knowledge, and expertise the process is not frictionless. At the personal level, individuals may have different ways of working and incentives and at the organisational level, partners may have their own cultures and processes. Thus, interorganisational collaboration is not necessarily a panacea, but has advantages and disadvantages. The challenges are somewhat heightened in the MedTech sector where collaborative working cuts across established professional boundaries, brings together diverse knowledge from an array of disciplines, and often disrupts existing medical practice. Given these factors, this article presents a review of the extant management literature examining the complexities within multi-party collaboration and ways to drive these partnerships forwards. The article emphasises the critical value of interpersonal relationships within collaborations and offers means of strengthening them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)482-496
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Medical Engineering and Technology
Issue number6
Early online date22 Jun 2022
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2022

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© 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.


  • Collaboration
  • health technology innovation
  • interorganisational
  • medical device development
  • partnership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering


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