Bringing a network perspective into research on technological transfers and other interorganizational relationships

Auster, Ellen R.

International interorganizational relationships have exploded in the last decade (U.S. News and World Report, June 20, 1988: 48) and not surprisingly researchers have become increasingly interested in this phenomenon. A strong foundation of research grounded in strategic and transaction cost approaches is emerging on dyads at the organizational and industry level. This article proposes that a network perspective which considers the constellation of relationships these dyads are embedded in could enhance this research stream by bringing issues of power, resource dependence and exchange to the forefront. Applications using data on U.S./Japan linkages are used to illustrate a network approach. Implications for future research on interorganizational relationships are considered.

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Center on Japanese Economy and Business
Center on Japanese Economy and Business, Graduate School of Business, Columbia University
Center on Japanese Economy and Business Working Papers, 40
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February 8, 2011