The Formation of Inter-Organizational Networks / Edition 1

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Overview


In recent years, both managers and management scholars have regarded the networked firm as a promising organizational form. This book analyses when, why, and how firms engage in such forms of inter-organizational networking as strategic alliances, joint ventures, and long-term accords for collaboration among competitors as well as with suppliers and customers. The contributors outline how firm strategies, catalysts, and trust between actors shape the emergence and the types of inter-organizational collaboration.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198296027
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Augsburg University
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
List of Contributors
I Introduction 1
1 Explaining Inter-organizational Network Formation 3
II Resource Flows: The Role of Activity Links 41
2 Relationships as Activity Links 43
3 Inter-Firm Responses to Heterogeneity of Demand over Time 66
4 The Network Structure of Inter-Firm Relationships in the Southern Italian Mechanical Industry 95
III Mutual Expectations: The Role of Trust 111
5 Processes Facilitating Reliance on Trust in Inter-Organizational Networks 113
6 Research and Development Alliances: Ensuring Trust by Manual Commitments 146
7 An Economic Model of Inter-Firm Networks 174
IV Information Flows: The Role of Catalysts 199
8 Co-ordinating Multi-Firm Innovative Processes: Entrepreneur as Catalyst in Small-Firm Networks 199
9 Learning through Intermediaries: The Case of Inter-Firm Research Collaborations 220
10 Mixed Mode Operation of Electronic Markets and Hierarchies 238
V Conclusion 263
11 The Forms, Costs, and Development Dynamics of Inter-Organizational Networking 265
Index 287
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