***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** CALL FOR PAPERS 22nd European Group on Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium Bergen, Norway, July 6 - 8, 2006 Submit 800-Word Abstract by January 6, 2006 at: <http://www.egosnet.org/conferences/collo22/colloquium_2006.shtml> STANDING WORKING GROUP 2 - BUSINESS NETWORK RESEARCH: COMPETITION within COLLABORATIONS IN BUSINESS NETWORKS Convenors: 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. _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.