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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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Networks and the Issues of ‘Excess’, the ‘Gift’, ‘Non-exchange’, and ‘Trust’ 1

Networks and the Issues of ‘Excess’, the ‘Gift’, ‘Non-exchange’, and ‘Trust’ 1

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Between Hierarchies and Markets

Grahame F. Thompson (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter looks at the concepts of excess, gift, non-exchange, and trust that could provide the raw materials for the construction of an analytical logic that is peculiar to networks. These three categories are juxtaposed and combined to explore their analytical properties, and the results are applied to a preliminary case where network structures are said to operate, namely, information and communications technology (ICT) dot-com type relationships and their accounting practices. Of the three categories, ‘the gift’ and ‘trust’ are the most widely discussed in the context of networks for their role in socio-economic coordination and governance. This chapter also considers the argument that networks can, in part, be productively reconceptualised in the context of what has been termed a ‘general economy of excess’.

Keywords:   networks, excess, non-exchange, trust, gift, information and communications technology, socio-economic coordination, governance, logic, general economy of excess

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