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Between Hierarchies and MarketsThe Logic and Limits of Network Forms of Organization$
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Grahame F. Thompson

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198775270

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198775270.001.0001

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Considering Networks: A Methodological Introduction

Considering Networks: A Methodological Introduction

(p.1) 1 Considering Networks: A Methodological Introduction
Between Hierarchies and Markets

Grahame F. Thompson (Contributor Webpage)

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This book brings some clarity to the discussion of networks. It tests the case as to whether it is possible to construct a clearly demarcated idea of a ‘network’ as a separable form of socio-economic coordination and governance mechanism with its own distinctive logic. In doing this, the primary contrast is to markets and hierarchies as alternative and already well-understood forms of such socio-economic coordination each with its own particular logic. Thus, the focus is on the domain of the socio-economic (which includes political aspects of networks), and it is about the organisational domain of the socio-economic. A distinction is made between network as a conceptual category and network as a social organisation. Three approaches to networks are considered: social network analysis, transaction cost analysis, and actor-network theory. Finally, the book explores the whole area of information and communications technology and networks and how they are argued to be radically transforming the nature of international relations.

Keywords:   networks, markets, hierarchies, socio-economic coordination, logic, social network analysis, social organisation, transaction cost analysis, actor-network theory, international relations

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