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I am not so sure wether I got your question right. But blockmodelling or
other forms of analysis of structural equivalence eventually combined
with MDS is a way to describe large structures on a more macro level.
than the position of the node/ firm. For instance I operationalized
different types of policy field structures based on the internal
structures of interest groups and of the state and the relation between
them (corporatism, pluralism, parentalistic pluralism etc.) as
blockmodel structures (Jansen 1995, see below, but German).
At least in the area of policy network research the capacity for
collective decisions, their speed, innovativeness and of course the
question of reaching a "common good" are important output / performance
indicators on the macro level. This could probably be adapted for
alliance networks (innovation, entry to a new/ foreign market, ??).
But I cannot really think of a measure that is a function of the network
data in a technical sense - that could also make your argument
tautological. Probably you have the change the type of variable from
structual variables to analytical variables (for instance means,
standard deviations for the collectivity as a whole or some groups in it
like return on investment, ..) or global descriptions of the
collectivity. Or try to find a relation between structures based on
different relational variables, for instance autority relations in one
matter and decision procedures in another matter.
Hope that helps.
Dorothea Jansen, 1995: Forschungspolitik nach einem wissenschaftlichen
Durchbruch: Die Enstehung des "National Programme" zur
Supraleitungsforschung in Großbritannien. pp. 132-159 in: Dorothea
Jansen/ Klaus Schubert (eds.) Netzwerke und Politikproduktion. Marburg:
Corey Phelps schrieb:
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>I am trying to track down studies that examine the structural properties of
>large-scale interorganizational networks, rather than the position of firms
>in such networks (i.e., where the unit and level of analysis is the network
>and not the firm). I am particularly interested in studies of strategic
>alliance networks (rather than board interlocks). Furthermore, I am
>interested in any studies that measure a network-level outcome variable
>(possibly aggregated in some way from the nodes in the network). Any help
>would be much appreciated. As usual, I'll post a summary for the list.
>Asst. Professor, Management & Organization
>School of Business
>University of Washington
>Seattle, WA 98195
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