Issues in Managing Policy Driven Inter Organisational Networks: Perspectives from Malaysia’s Multimedia Super Corridor Flagship Projects

By Aliza Akmar Omar and Mohan V. Avvari.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Public sector policy makers and managers internationally have developed a growing interest in the concept of networks (Goodwin et al, 2004). In Malaysia, as part of the government driven Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC Malaysia) project, several inter-organisational networks were formed as private sector organisations were invited to collaborate with public sector organisations in projects under the MSC flagship applications formed to help kick start the MSC cluster project. The project itself is a policy driven Information and Communications Technology (ICT) cluster oriented initiative by the Government of Malaysia aimed at jumpstarting its transition to a knowledge-based economy. One of the key aspects of the MSC flagships is that both the foreign and local organisations work closely with the respective government organisations to develop innovative solutions for a given task. For this, the basic reward is the monetary incentive but the more critical benefit is supposed to be the exchange of knowledge among the organisations participating in the MSC flagships. Twelve years since they have been formed, based on reports and discussions, the MSC flagships seem to have had mixed successes in terms of achieving the various projects objectives. Thus, it was felt that a study of the MSC flagships was warranted and it would provide interesting insights into the subject of managing inter-organisational networks, particularly involving multinationals, domestic enterprises and government organisations.

Keywords: Policy Driven, Inter Organisational, Networks, MSC Malaysia, Information and Communications Technology

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.275-290. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.166MB).

Aliza Akmar Omar

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Management, Multimedia University, Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Aliza Akmar Omar is a Senior Lecturer with the Faculty of Management of Multimedia University in Malaysia. She holds a doctorate from the same university where she is also a researcher with the Centre for Knowledge and Innovation Management (CEKIM). Her research and teaching interests are in the general area of strategy – with particular interest in those of networks, alliances and other collaborative arrangements and a focus on their dynamics, governance and policy issues. She is an active co-author of several international journal publications and conference proceedings. She recently completed a project, funded by the Intensified Research in Priority Areas (IRPA) Grant Scheme, under Malaysia’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), entitled “Malaysia’s MSC Flagships: The Policy-Driven Inter-Organisational Network Approach to Developing Competencies”.

Mohan V. Avvari

Associate Professor of Strategy, Nottingham University Business School, Nottingham University, Semenyih, Selangor, Malaysia

Avvari V. Mohan is Associate Professor of Strategy at the Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) in the University of Nottingham – Malaysia Campus. Prior to joining NUBS, he was a member of the Faculty of Management, Multimedia University, Malaysia where he was also the Chairman of the Centre for Technology Management. He holds a doctorate from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and has been to Korea on a research fellowship at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). His research and teaching interests are in the general area of Strategy – with particular interest in firm networks and alliance strategies and also about how firms located in ‘regional clusters’, form alliances/networks for their business strategies and innovation. He has published his research work in international refereed journals and has also presented them as papers in various international conferences. He has been invited as a resource person to present at various seminars and workshops. He has also served as a Council Member of the Consumer Forum for Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Industry.

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