Dimensions of space in business network research

A1 Journal article (refereed)

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Jan-Åke Törnroos, Aino Halinen, Christopher Medlin
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication year: 2017
Journal: Industrial Marketing Management
Journal acronym: IMM
Volume number: 61
Start page: 10
End page: 19
eISSN: 0019-8501


processes constitute a core notion in business exchange, leading to the
concepts of relationships and networks. The constitution of process,
comprising unfolding events, activities, and connected structures,
relies on difference in space and time. While research has been devoted
to time, the concept of space has thus far remained largely unexplored
within business network research.

This conceptual
paper focuses on spatial dimensions for conducting research according to
the IMP business network approach. Business actors create connected
relationships and networks that exist and change as continuous emerging
spatial structures and as mental maps in the managerial mindset. These
relational network processes and structures are located, distributed and
experienced in and across space. Drawing on economic geography and
conceptual frameworks from the business network approach, we propose new
dimensions and conceptualizations of space for the study of these
networks. The paper delivers proposals to extend our current
understanding of business networks as emerging and changing
spatio-temporal entities with implications for theory development,
research and practice.


Business networks, Economic geography, Space

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