The Formation of Inter-Organizational Networks

Paperback | May 1, 1999

EditorMark Ebers

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The varying organizational arrangements between firms 'networks' are a growing field of study for economics and sociologists. Whether described as strategic alliances, trading networks, joint ventures, or regarded as a product of industry structure or local conditions, they are seen as a formof economic co-ordination distinct from archetypal ideas of firms and markets. The purpose of this collectionwith contributions from European and American scholarsis to blend empirical research with conceptual discussion of networks under three main headings: Resource Flows, Mutual Expectations, and Information Flows. The contributors come from varying backgrounds: organization studies, economics, business history, marketing, and information systems. Together they are concerned with when, why, and how firms engage in inter-organizational networking, rather than relying on arms-length market relations or in-houseprocurement.

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The varying organizational arrangements between firms 'networks' are a growing field of study for economics and sociologists. Whether described as strategic alliances, trading networks, joint ventures, or regarded as a product of industry structure or local conditions, they are seen as a formof economic co-ordination distinct from arch...

Mark Ebers is at Augsburg University.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:May 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Mark Ebers: PrefaceI. Introduction1. Mark Ebers: The Inter-organizational Network as a Distinct Organizational FormII. Resource Flows: Role of Activity Links2. Anna Dubois and Hakan Hakansson: Relationships as Activity Links3. Geoff Easton and Luis Araujo: Interfirm Responses to Heterogeneity of Demand over Time4. Alessandro Lomi and Alessandro Grandi: The Network Structure of Interfirm Relationships in the Southern Italian Mechanical IndustryIII. Mutual Expectations: The Role of Trust5. Peter Smith Ring: Processes Facilitating Reliance on Trust in Inter-organizational Networks6. Paul de Laat: R and D Alliances: Ensuring Trust by Mutual Commitments7. Mark Casson and Howard Cox: An Economic Model of Inter-firm NetworksIV. Information Flows: The Role of the Catalysts8. Andrea Lipparini and Maurizio Sobrero: Co-ordinating Multi-firm Innovative Processes: Entrepreneur as Catalyst in Small-firm Networks9. Suzanne Lutz: Learning through Intermediaries: The Case of Interfirm Research Collaborations10. Christopher P. Holland and Geoff Lockett: Mixed Mode Operation of Electronic Markets and HierarchiesV. Conclusion11. Mark Ebers and Anna Grandori: The Formation of Inter-organizational Networks: Implications for Theory and Practice

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`a major study ... draws on a remarkable range of primary an secondary material and is highly readable ... The breadth o the book, the issues it tackles and its findings make it an outstanding piece of research that will be widely read and appreciated.' Mark Thatcher, West European Politics, Vol.23, No. 4, Oct.2000.