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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 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 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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REDES: Revista hispana para el análisis de redes sociales
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