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Call for papers "Social networks in science"
Call for papers - Special issue
''Production activities and inter-organizational networks''
REDES.REVISTA HISPANA PARA EL ANÁLISIS DE REDES SOCIALES
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
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 remains.
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
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
Abstracts/proposals (400 words) can be sent before the
end of July 19, 2010. (This step is optional)
Complete texts should be sent before the end of
December 17, 2010
The papers will be published in 2011.
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3. Editor(s) of the special
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