Network positioning and its impact on organizations’ relational capital

An exponential random graph model (ERGM) approach

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Abstract

With an increasing degree of connections among firms forming networks of economic activities, it is timely to assess the potential of these upon embedded firms. This article presents empirical evidence to that end. It distinguishes between decentralized and centralized network structures that illustrate the difficulties encountered in managing an inter-firm network structure. Although considerable studies have been performed in network issues affecting firms’ performance, very few researches analyses the complicating attributes of a centralized network structure in relation to its effects on firm performance. Thus, this article described the different attributes of the centralized network and their effects on firms’ relational capital outcomes. Using social network analysis methodology, this study found that certain structural positions occupied by firms in network impact relational capital outcome. This study is significant as it contributes to prudent management of resources in managing complex network structure. Future research is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-437
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Business and Management Science
Volume8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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Graph model
Network structure
Positioning
Random graphs
Relational capital
Firm performance
Complex networks
Resources
Social network analysis
Inter-firm networks
Empirical evidence
Methodology
Economic activity

Keywords

  • Embeddedness
  • Social network analysis
  • Supply network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics and Econometrics

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