Contacts and contracts: Cross-level network dynamics in the development of an aircraft material

J.J. Berends, J.C. van Burg, E.M. van Raaij

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Abstract

In this paper, we investigate how interorganizational networks and interpersonal networks interact over time. We present a retrospective longitudinal case study of the network system that developed a novel aircraft material and analyze change
episodes from a structurationist perspective. We identify five types of episodes in which interpersonal and interorganizational networks interact (persistence, prospecting, consolidation, reconfiguration, and dissolution) and analyze conditions
for these episodes and sequences among them. Our findings advance a cross-level perspective on embeddedness and show how individuals may draw on relational and structural embeddedness as distributed resources. The multiple levels of embeddedness impact network dynamics by introducing converging and diverging dialectics, thereby limiting path dependence and proactive network orchestration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)940-960
JournalOrganization Science
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Aircraft materials
Consolidation
Dissolution
Network dynamics
Aircraft
Embeddedness
Interorganizational networks

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