Journal article

Manufacturing relations: An empirical study of the organization of production across multiple networks

Alessandro Lomi, Philippa Pattison

ORGANIZATION SCIENCE | INFORMS | Published : 2006

Abstract

Organizational communities present two generic features that are recurrently documented in empirical studies, but only imperfectly accounted for in current models of interorganizational relations. The first is the tendency of participant organizations to construct observed macrostructure locally, through relational activities that involve only a small subset of possible network ties. The second is the tendency for different types of ties to overlap, concatenate, and induce a variety of local structures - or relational motifs - across network domains. A critical task in the analysis of organizational communities is to specify appropriate local dependence structures across multiple networks, s..

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