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Call for papers - Special issue
''Production activities and inter-organizational networks''


REDES, Revista Hispana para el Análisis de Redes 
Sociales, is one of the four international 
journals focused on social network analysis.

REDES is a peer-reviewed electronic journal. Its 
editorial contents combine a selection of 
original empirical research papers, original 
Spanish translations of classical and/or 
important texts in network analysis, and quality 
first papers by young researchers.

The official languages are Spanish and 
Portuguese, but texts are also published in 
English or French if their authors wish it so.

Since its creation in 2002, REDES has published 
more than 150 papers, gathered in 18 issues. It 
has 1,500 subscribers and more than 800 daily 
visitors on its website.

1. Call of papers

This special issue aims to contribute to the 
reflexion on production activities and on ways to 
adequately support them. During the past two 
decades, those activities became more distributed 
between multiple organizations and circulations 
of individuals between organizations have grown. 
Understanding the characteristics-whether 
structural, cultural, or in terms of identity-and 
the stategies of groups and communities 
(associated in the development of economic 
activities) is necessary in a globalized context 
where responsibilities, propriety links and 
inequalities are distributed beyond the cognitive 
ability of the isolated individual.

Inter-organizational networks are the focus of a 
growing number of researches. In a context of 
specialization and globalization, exchanges 
between organizations allow for the interfacing 
of resources necessary to develop numerous 
activities. In the course of its history, 
economic sociology has confronted the 
inter-organizational quality of the process it 
studies. Since the foundational work of Harrison 
White (1981) and his followers, economic 
activities cannot be understood without 
considering social structures that support them. 
Those structures are essential in the 
understanding of the workings of markets and 
industries, because they account for the system 
of opportunities and constraints in which 
individuals acts. Researches focused on the 
notions of social capital (Coleman 1990), 
embeddedness (Polanyi, 1944 ; Granovetter 1985) 
or the neo-structural approach (Lazega, 2001), 
showed interdependencies between organizations 
are not only of an economic nature. Experiences, 
identities, values and social status constitute 
other resources flowing between actors that are 
articulated with economic resources. In the core 
of economic exchange a socio-structural dimension 

Social Network Analysis is especially relevant to 
understand inter-organizational phenomenom. Among 
existing reseach, it is possible to identify two 
subgroups. In the first, researchers focus on 
contractual/formal interdependencies between 
organizations. Those researches helped identify, 
for example, the conditions that allow 
organizations to conquer a central position in an 
industry, to influence regulatory powers of their 
activities or to adapt to technological or 
normative change. In the second group, researches 
focus on personal/informal relations between 
members of different organizations. Those 
researches showed, for example, that multiplex 
relationships affect strategic decisions, and the 
kind of coordination mechanisms that allow 
learning inside a collective, or the multilevel 
strategies associated to individual and 
collective performances.

For this special issue on inter-organizational 
networks, both approaches are welcome. The 
contributions will explore, at this level of 
analysis, the workings of an activity, whether 
cultural, scientific, industrial, financial, 
political, etc. The type of inter-organizational 
relations observed are limited only by the 
creativity of the researchers. The study can 
focus on, for example, the professional mobility 
of technicians, researchers, or company 
directors; or the R & D or services contracts of 
companies, or between a company and its 
suppliers. The study can focus on the study of 
network of friendship between entrepreneurs, 
researchers or professionals; or yet again of 
inquiries on controlled networks in health, the 
army or industrial clusters. Methodological or 
theoretic articles will also be considered to the 
extend that they offer new tools for, or new ways 
of, approaching specific constraints for the 
study of inter-organizational networks.

2. Practical details

o	Abstracts/proposals (400 words) can be 
sent before the end of July 19, 2010. (This step 
is optional)
o	Complete texts should be sent before the end of December 17, 2010
o	The papers will be published in 2011.


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3. Editor(s) of the special issue

Université Paris-Dauphine
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Antoine VERNET
Université de Nanterre / Université Paris I
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Emmanuel LAZEGA
Université Paris-Dauphine
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