- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Introducing Inter‐organizational Relations
- Manifestations of Inter‐organizational Relations
- Transforming Industrial Districts: How Leading Firms are Escaping the Manufacturing Cage
- Inter‐organizational Relationships, Chains, and Networks: A Supply Perspective
- Alliances and Joint Ventures: The Role Of Partner Selection From An Embeddedness Perspective
- Policy and Implementation Networks: Managing Complex Interactions
- Collaborative Service Provision in the Public Sector
- Voluntary and Community Sector Partnerships: Current Inter‐organizational Relations and Future Challenges
- Inter‐organizational Relationships in Local and Regional Development Partnerships
- Temporary Inter‐organizational Projects: How Temporal and Social Embeddedness Enhance Coordination and Manage Uncertainty
- Technology Service Inter‐organizational Relationships: An Agenda for Information Technology Service Sourcing Research
- Theoretical and Disciplinary Perspectives on the Study of Inter‐organizational Relations
- The Social Network Perspective: Understanding the Structure of Cooperation
- Evolutionary Perspectives on Inter‐organizational Relations
- Transaction Costs Perspectives on Inter‐organizational Relations
- Critical Perspectives on Collaboration
- Managing Collaborative Inter‐organizational Relations
- The Social Psychology of Inter‐organizational Relations
- Political Perspectives on Inter‐organizational Networks
- Perspectives on Inter‐organizational Relations in Economic Geography
- Theories of Contract and their use in Studying Inter‐organizational Relations: Sociological, Psychological, Economic, Management, and Legal
- Key Topics In Inter‐organizational Relations Research
- Trust in Inter‐organizational Relations
- Inter‐organizational Power
- The Role of Social Capital in Inter‐organizational Relationships
- Learning and Innovation in Inter‐organizational Relationships
- Change, Dynamics, and Temporality in Inter‐organizational Relationships
- Intervening to Improve Inter‐organizational Partnerships
- Evaluating Inter‐organizational Relationships
- The Field of Inter‐organizational Relations: A Jungle or an Italian Garden?
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
The social network perspective refers to a tradition in social science which focuses on the joint activities of, and continual exchanges between, participants in a social system. This perspective is characterized by an interest in the recurrent relationship patterns that connect the actors that make up a system's social structure. This article considers that the social network approach is the relationship among actors, be they individuals or groups such as whole organizations or parts of organizations. Rather than examining actors in isolation, the social network perspective sees actors as embedded within networks of interconnected relationships that provide opportunities for, as well as constraints on, behaviour. This article focuses on the interaction between actors rather than on the attributes of particular actors, their size for example.
Patrick Kenis is Academic Dean of TiasNimbas Business School of Tilburg University, and Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Organization Studies, Tilburg University, the Netherlands. Previously he has worked at the Free University, Amsterdam, the University of Konstanz, Germany, the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Vienna, and the European University Institute, Florence. He received his Ph.D. in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. His research focuses on organizational and network responses in different areas.
Leon Oerlemans is Professor of Organizational Dynamics in the Department of Organization Studies at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, Extraordinary Professor in the Economics of Innovation in the Department of Engineering and Technology Management at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and Research Fellow in the Eindhoven Centre for Innovation Studies. His research focuses on the analysis of innovative behaviour of organizations in general and innovation and networks in particular. His work has been published in books and journals, including Regional Studies, Research Policy, Organization Studies, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, South African Journal of Science, and the International Journal of Management Reviews.
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