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Institutional Influences on Interorganisational Networks

A Case of Russia

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Nina Gorovaia

Interorganisational networks are ever-present in the modern globalized world. They allow organisations to overcome restrictive hierarchical structures, reach broader geographical regions and penetrate new and existing markets. This work provides a novel view on the performance of networks. It investigates the influence of the institutional environment in shaping the characteristics of strategic networks, thereby influencing their performance. The diverging characteristics of a network emerge as a direct consequence of institutional differences and determine the key drivers of performance: flexibility, ability to exchange information and capacity to innovate. A case-study of a Russian strategic network highlights the interplay between institutions, network characteristics and performance.
Contents: Interorganisational networks – Strategic networks – Alliances – Keiretsu – Chaebol – Taiwanese family networks – Russian strategic networks – Institutional influences on networks – Institutions of transition economy – Economic rationalism – Social embeddedness – Network performance – Drivers of performance: Flexibility, Information exchange, Learning, Innovation – Performance assessment – Empirical case-study – Network characteristics – Authority structure – Trust – Investment patterns – Ownership patterns – Longevity of co-operation – State relations.