It’s been a good year since the last post on the organization of strategic alliances. Anyone outside academia would have thought that the project is dead. But insiders know, research takes patience. Backstage we’ve submitted our paper to this year’s 27th EGOS Colloquium in Gothenburg. Here’s the abstract:
Management science and organization theory distinguish different modes of network governance by a number of characteristics, such as the number of network participants, the degree of network heterogeneity, the level of relationship uncertainty, and the complexity of interdependent activities. The recent literature proposes that the governance of networks evolves in a predictable pattern from shared to brokered governance. In this paper, we introduce an additional mode of network governance: the modular mode. Relying on a three-year longitudinal network analysis of the Open Handset Alliance, a network of 80 firms developing Android, the leading operating system for mobile devices, we show how the modular mode shapes the dynamics of network governance.
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