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22nd European Group on Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium

Bergen, Norway, July 6 - 8, 2006

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David Knoke, University of Minnesota, USA <[log in to unmask]>

Amalya L. Oliver, Hebrew University, Israel <[log in to unmask]>

Marius Meeus, Utrecht University, Netherlands <[log in to unmask]>

Studies that emphasize interorganizational collaborations in business
networks often neglect the potential, occurrence, or measurement of
competitive elements.  Our session seeks for papers that study collaborative
networks, yet bring to the fore some assumptions, concepts, structures,
trends, or the evolution of competitive features.

In this context we invite papers that, for example:

1.  Develop theoretical frameworks, based on general assumptions and
hypotheses focusing on interorganizational relations, that acknowledge
elements of competition within or external to the networks, yet contribute
to the shaping of networks, to processes developing within networks, or to
the composition of actors within networks;

2.  Investigate networks by applying qualitative or quantitative methods and
by showing the interchangeability or duality of collaboration and
competition at different stages of cooperation, as conditions for
collaborations, or as outcomes of collaborations;

3.  Focus on evolutionary trajectories of interorganizational networks and
question the conditions under which collaboration may evolve into
competition, or vice versa;

4.  Examine structural condition of networks and ask such questions as: "How
does the investigation of triads, beyond the analysis of dyadic
collaborations, illuminate unobserved competitive dynamics within networks?";
"What structures of collaborative network compositions generate competitive
dynamics?"; or "How do structures of collaborative networks look after
accounting for competitive elements?"

5.  Apply a contextual perspective that questions the degree to which
various environments (e.g., markets, industries, policies and regulations,
nations) shape the competitive dynamics of collaborative networks;

6.  Explore the conditions under which initially cooperative research and
development projects deteriorate into opportunistic learning races, where
organizations try to gain advantages at their partners' expense, and examine
practical procedures for safeguarding against such deceptive practices.

About the Convenors:

1.  David Knoke is professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota.
His current research interests involve organizations, social networks, and
economic sociology.

2.  Amalya L. Oliver from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at
the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  Her current research involves
inter-organizational networks, university-industry technology transfer and
university spin-offs, scientific entrepreneurship and professions.

3.  Marius T.H. Meeus is currently the chair of the Department of Innovation
Studies at Utrecht University.  His research is on organizing innovation
within and between organizations, interactive learning processes, R&D
management, development of technological communities.

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