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The Formation of Inter-Organizational Networks - Mark Ebers

The Formation of Inter-Organizational Networks

By: Mark Ebers (Editor)

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Published: 1st August 1999
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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 form of 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-house procurement.

`The book is admitted to be more research orientated than practice orientated. Nevertheless, the papers do provide important insights that will reward practical managers.' Cooper H. Langford, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, Vol. 13, No.1, 2001 `The prominence given to analysis of the role of trust is most appropriate and the effort made to enrich the literature of this subject with a deconstruction of the concept is quite valuable.' Cooper H. Langford, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, Vol. 13, No.1, 2001 `it provides a comprehensive review of the research directions that have influenced attitutes toward the phenomena of inter-organizational network formation among firms' Cooper H. Langford, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, Vol. 13, No.1, 2001 `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.

Mark Ebers: Preface I. Introduction 1: Mark Ebers: The Inter-organizational Network as a Distinct Organizational Form II. Resource Flows: Role of Activity Links 2: Anna Dubois and Håkan Håkansson: Relationships as Activity Links 3: Geoff Easton and Luis Araujo: Interfirm Responses to Heterogeneity of Demand over Time 4: Alessandro Lomi and Alessandro Grandi: The Network Structure of Interfirm Relationships in the Southern Italian Mechanical Industry III. Mutual Expectations: The Role of Trust 5: Peter Smith Ring: Processes Facilitating Reliance on Trust in Inter-organizational Networks 6: Paul de Laat: R & D Alliances: Ensuring Trust by Mutual Commitments 7: Mark Casson and Howard Cox: An Economic Model of Inter-firm Networks IV. Information Flows: The Role of the Catalysts 8: Andrea Lipparini and Maurizio Sobrero: Co-ordinating Multi-firm Innovative Processes: Entrepreneur as Catalyst in Small-firm Networks 9: Suzanne Lütz: Learning through Intermediaries: The Case of Interfirm Research Collaborations 10: Christopher P. Holland and Geoff Lockett: Mixed Mode Operation of Electronic Markets and Hierarchies V. Conclusion 11: Mark Ebers and Anna Grandori: The Formation of Inter-organizational Networks: Implications for Theory and Practice

ISBN: 9780198296027
ISBN-10: 0198296029
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st August 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.95  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 1.0