Session 52

Networks and competition

Track E

Date: Sunday, October 7, 2012


Time: 15:15 – 16:30


Room: North Hall

Session Chair:

  • Peter Galvin, Curtin University

Title: Network Dynamics for Temporary Organizations. Evidences from the Movie Industry


  • Paolo Boccardelli, LUISS Guido Carli University
  • Federica Brunetta, LUISS Guido Carli University
  • Andrea Lipparini, University of Bologna

Abstract: Our paper examines which processes shape the evolution of network structures over time, and specifically how open and closed network structures tend to replicate themselves over time in the context of temporary organizations. We then aim to extend the investigation of effectiveness of different social network structures on a company’s performance, to temporary organizations. We test the hypotheses on 1,074 feature length movies produced and distributed in Italy by Italian companies over the period 1996-2006.

Title: The Competitive Advantage of Interconnected Firms: A Multilevel Model of Antecedents and Consequences of Buyer-Supplier Exchange Relationships


  • Phillip Christopher Nell, WU Vienna
  • Ulf Andersson, Mälardalen University

Abstract: We model the complex interplay between firm-level variables, notably capabilities and performance, and relationship-level variables: relationship-specific assets and network context. We test how the network context of individual exchange relationships as well as firm-level capabilities jointly affect the propensity of firms to invest in relation-specific assets. We find an inverted u-shaped relationship between network complexity and the build-up of relation-specific assests and that highly capable firms are more cautious in reacting to changes in network complexity. Furthermore, both firm-level capabilities as well as relational assets help predict firm performance yielding evidence for complex interdependencies between RBV and relational-view rent-generating processes.

Title: The Strength of Network Effects between Standardized Products


  • Jan Hendrik Fisch, WU-Vienna

Abstract: Previous research on network externalities between standards has acknowledged the positive influence of the installed base on the number of new adoptions. This paper argues that the strength of network effects depends on the interactions between users. It predicts that network effects systematically differ by the freedom of design and requirement of resources to connect to other users, the price level of the market segment, and the recentness of design. Panel data on 87 standardized boat classes support the predictions. Firms can manipulate the strength of network effects to support the adoption of their designs in favor of others.

Title: Within and Between Network Rivalry: The US Motor Vehicle Industry 1993-2007


  • Peter Galvin, Curtin University
  • Jennifer Davies, Curtin Unversity of Technology
  • Prakash Singh, University of Melbourne

Abstract: This paper seeks to further our understanding of strategic networks to the already extensive set of industry and firm-level factors that impact rivalry. We produce alternative hypotheses whereby rivalry may be greatest between networks on the basis of the characteristics of strategic networks, incentive alignment and social control. The counter hypothesis suggests that rivalry is focussed internally within a strategic network on the basis of competition occurring between strategically similar firms, the potential for co-opetition and the underlying drivers of many alliances. Using data from the US motor vehicle industry between 1993-2007, we find that co-opetition does indeed occur throughout the industry and that rivalry is strongest between members of different strategic networks.

All Sessions in Track E...

Sun: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 270: New Frontiers in the Computational Approaches to Strategy and Organization
Sun: 09:30 – 10:45
Session 271: Competing for Innovation
Sun: 11:15 – 12:30
Session 272: Unified Theory of Industry Evolution
Sun: 15:15 – 16:30
Session 52: Networks and competition
Session 66: Competitive strategies in transition
Mon: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 55: Risk, uncertainty and competitive advantage
Session 64: Diverse strategies: Diversification and the evolution of competition
Mon: 09:30 – 10:45
Session 65: Resourceful competitors: Competitive strategies and the resource based view
Mon: 13:30 – 14:45
Session 54: The dynamics of dynamic capabilities
Mon: 16:30 – 17:45
Session 57: Finding your niche: Niche Strategies and Competitive Advantage
Session 245: Competitors, strategy, and competitive dynamics
Tue: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 56: Competitive dynamics meet competitive strategy
Session 254: Capital Markets and Efficiency
Tue: 11:00 – 12:15
Session 58: Innovation and competitive strategy
Tue: 14:15 – 15:30
Session 60: The sustainability of competitive advantage
Session 61: Value creation and value capture
Tue: 15:45 – 17:00
Session 62: Acquiring competitive success? Mergers and acquisitions
Tue: 17:30 – 18:45
Session 59: Tempus fugit? Competitive strategy over time

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