How organizational field networks shape interorganizational tie-formation rates

Patrick Kenis, David Knoke

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We investigate the impact of communication in field-level networks on rates of formation of interorganizational collaborative ties, such as strategic alliances and joint ventures. After developing the concept of an organizational field network ("field-net"), we derive a set of testable propositions and corollaries that relate field-net properties, such as density, reciprocity, centralization, multiplexity, and hierarchy, to subsequent nonlinear changes in interorganizational tie-formation rates. We conclude by discussing aspects of empirical research for testing the empirical validity of these propositions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-293
Number of pages19
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002


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