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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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Industrial Organization as Networks

Industrial Organization as Networks

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Between Hierarchies and Markets

Grahame F. Thompson (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter looks at the industrial organisation as networks, focusing on interorganisational networks. Some theoretical issues raised by interorganisational networks are discussed, including questions of the limits of an institutional analysis, knowledge with respect to these kinds of networks, the role of complementary and self-organisation, evolutionary approaches to networks, and problems associated with embeddedness and variety production that they pose. The chapter also explores how the network model has been deployed in the specification and analysis of the relationships between firms and other agents that occupy the microeconomic field of economic organisation. The strengths of networks as opposed to other mechanisms of socio-economic coordination, like markets and hierarchies, in organising inter-firm relationships are also considered, along with cooperation and trust between main firms and their subcontractors and suppliers, knowledge and innovation in networks, whether knowledge networks are effective as institutions, neural networks, venture capital and networking, and the evolution, biology, complexity, and self-organisation of networks.

Keywords:   networks, industrial organisation, interorganisational networks, self-organisation, knowledge, inter-firm relationships, cooperation, neural networks, venture capital, trust

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