By Emanuela Todeva
Constructing an interdisciplinary method of company networks, this ebook studies the best financial administration and organizational theories to discover how the habit of industrial networks is conceptualized. targeting evolving foreign companies, enterprise Networks includes sensible, comparative analyses of case reviews of foreign enterprise networks, together with the knowledge and communications undefined, the auto and the petrochemical undefined.
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This assumption ignores the overlapping layers of network elements, described by relational network analysts under the A–R–A model. 30 Aspiring networks Some of the work by Wellman and Berkowitz (1988) on asymmetry of relational exchanges and transactions and transitivity of network ties also informs the relational perspective. These views, although shifting the focus more onto the relationships that bond actors, remain within the structural/ positional point of view, arguing that action and behaviour are determined by social structure and that the individual attributes are not taken into account.
In this way the human actors drive the network processes. The strategic behaviour of human actors include: selection of network partners being carried out at the initial stage of networking; enrolment of other actors or incorporating new members by allocation of roles to them; translation and interpretation of roles and meaning; representation of other embedded relationships which carry associations between numerous other entities; displacements or transfer and relocation of actors in positions; and problematisation or a selective process of framing of alternative problems, choosing a problem to solve and selecting an appropriate solution (Callon, 1986).
In the list of actors Callon (1992) pays special attention to texts, acting as pure intermediaries. Texts participate as intermediaries in the processes of ascription of roles, translation of meaning, information, rules and practices, and enrolment of other entities and contexts. Texts carry the message of the translator, the reader and the audience simultaneously. Texts are treated as spokesmen or exhibiting actors’ presence. The translator’s capabilities of translation and enrolment are as crucial as the reader’s capabilities of decoding and deconstruction of the meaning of these texts.