New thesis on interorganizational networks
On Wednesday 31 May 2023 Yi Lin will hold a trial lecture on a prescribed topic and defend her thesis for the PhD degree at NHH.
This dissertation is about interorganizational networks, where groups of companies connect and interact to achieve specific outcomes. Firms are open systems and simultaneously embedded in interorganizational networks of various kinds. These networks largely influence firms’ opportunities and constraints.
In her doctoral thesis, Yi Lin investigates two related topics through three independent articles: how network properties impact a company’s behavior and how these network structures change over time.
Specifically, papers one and two focus on the first topic, while the third paper concentrates on the second. The empirical settings under investigation are two regional industrial clusters in Bergen, Norway.
In her first paper, Lin examines the impact of a firm’s network position on its pursuit of new opportunities (exploration strategy). The research shows that a firm’s distance to other network members, as well as the connectivity around the focal firm, positively affects its exploration strategy. This highlights the significance of comprehending network drivers for a firm to effectively pursue new opportunities.
The second paper studies prosocial behavior, which is when firms help each other beyond what is required by contracts. The findings reveal that the number of connections a firm has with others in the network influences its prosocial behavior. Additionally, having common third parties also encourage prosocial behavior between firms. This highlights the importance of looking at the bigger network picture when examining firms’ behaviors within relationships.
Paper three investigates how interorganizational networks develop over time. This study retrospectively visualized the structural change by examining properties like small-world and scale-free networks. Small-world networks have dense local connections and short paths between actors, while scale-free networks are more centralized and unevenly distributed. The results show that these two types of network properties exhibit an inverse dynamic pattern. In addition, scale-free structures are less common in such interorganizational settings.
Prescribed topic for the trial lecture:
Advantages and disadvantages of formal and informal networks from a business-to-business marketing perspective
Aud N, NHH, 10:15
Title of the thesis:
Studies on interorganizational networks: The case of two regional clusters in Norway
Aud N, NHH, 12:15
Members of the evaluation committee:
Professor emeritus Arent Greve (leader of the committee), Department of Strategy and Management, NHH
Professor Robert Dahlstrom, Miami University
Professor Lene Foss, University of Jönköping
Professor Aksel Ivar Rokkan (main supervisor), Department of Strategy and Management, NHH
Professor Jarle Aarstad, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
The trial lecture and thesis defense will be open to the public.