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T his paper explores the interplay between social structure and economic action by examining some of the evolutionary dynamics of an emergent network that coalesces into a small-world system. The study highlights the small-world system's evolutionary dynamics at both the macro level of the network and the micro level of an individual actor. This dual(More)
Departing from prior research analyzing the implications of social structure for actors' outcomes by applying either an ego network or a global network perspective, this study examines the implications of network communities for the invention productivity of firms. Network communities represent dense and nonoverlapping structural groups of actors in a(More)
This paper investigates how the history of interaction between organizations and between organizational boundary spanners contributes to the formation of trust between firms. Our findings, using data on the supplier–buyer relationships of two major US auto manufacturers, suggest that history affects trust formation in a complex non-linear fashion, involving(More)
E veryone knows how to get into a relationship, but getting out is not so easy. In the pop music song, Paul Simon claimed there were fifty ways to leave your lover, but how much do we know about leaving our corporate alliances? In the last three decades we have witnessed an explosion in the number of strategic alliances, which we define as cooperative(More)
The Harvard community has made this article openly available. Please share how this access benefits you. Your story matters. Abstract This study investigates the determinants of bridging ties within networks of interconnected firms. Bridging ties are defined as non-redundant connections between firms located in different network communities. We highlight(More)
This study investigates the origins of variation in the structures of interorganiza-tional networks across industries. We combine empirical analyses of existing interorganizational networks in six industries with an agent-based simulation model of network emergence. Using data on technology partnerships from 1983 to 1999 between firms in the automotive,(More)
and the emergence of social structure: Technological dynamism and interorganizational network forms. " Administrative Science Quarterly.