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Title:Cooperation for Competition: The Formation and Growth of "strategic" Networks in the International Motor Vehicle Industry, 1959-1988
Author(s):Patterson, John Dennis
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Thomas, Howard
Department / Program:Business Administration
Discipline:Business Adminstration
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Business Administration, Management
Abstract:In this study, interorganizational linkages existing between motor vehicle manufacturers during the thirty years covered by the study are identified and classified into seven categories. Three clustering or network analysis algorithms (CONCOR, EBLOC, and KPLEX) are applied to various matrices for each year to determine groupings of cooperating actors (firms), and groupings of actors filling common roles or niches within the industry. The study attempts to develop measures of network cooperative activity, turnover, domain similarity, and power asymmetry, and develops several hypotheses with respect to these measures and profitability, market share, and stability which are intended to test the validity of Jarillo's (1988) "strategic networks" concept.
The study's findings indicate that, in the industry studied, the number and complexity of interorganizational linkages has significantly increased over time. Additionally, it supports prior work arguing that strategic alliances are defensive measures and that technological change is positively associated with the formation of cooperative linkages with other firms. Finally, the study supports prior work (Jones & Womack, 1986; Neupert & Hill, 1989) indicating that the world motor vehicle industry has undergone, or is undergoing a fourth transformation.
Issue Date:1993
Description:358 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1993.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI9329133
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-17
Date Deposited:1993

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