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Deadline extension for the call for papers: 17 january 2011.

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 17 issues. It has 1,400 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
     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 *January 17, 2011 *
    The papers will be published in 2011.


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3. Editor(s) of the special issue

Álvaro PINA-STRANGER 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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