The role of embeddedness in the evolution of business networks

Halinen Aino, Jan-Åke Törnroos

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    Sammanfattning

    This article deals with the concept of embeddedness and its role in understanding the evolution of business networks. Networks are viewed as structures of inter-firm relationships that emerge and evolve through continuous interactive processes. Embeddedness refers to companies' relations with, and dependence on, various types of network. Six types of embeddedness are distinguished and the vertical and horizontal dimensions of the phenomenon are analysed. The concept of the actor's representational role is introduced to illustrate how embeddedness functions as a force for change in the evolution of networks. Cases from a variety of business contexts are used to describe the aspects of embeddedness, and their impact on the process of network evolution. In conclusion some implications for research and practice are presented. Keywords
    • Business networks;
    • embeddedness;
    • network evolution;
    • process research
    OriginalspråkOdefinierat/okänt
    Sidor (från-till)187–205
    TidskriftScandinavian Journal of Management
    Volym14
    Utgåva3
    DOI
    StatusPublicerad - 1988
    MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad

    Nyckelord

    • Embeddedness
    • Business networks
    • Theoretical perspectives
    • network evolution
    • Process research

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