interfirm network


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interfirm network

A group of related organizations that partner and/or cooperate with each other in order to provide expanded products and services. The Japanese "Keiretsu" is perhaps the best example of an interfirm network. See Keiretsu.
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Interfirm networks are altering the competitive landscape (Parkhe, Wasserman, & Ralston, 2006).
Prior research has suggested that interfirm networks facilitate the transmission of information and the access to unique resources and thus can be thought of as an inimitable and non-substitutable asset (Gulati, 1999; Palmer et al.
Gulati, 1995; Pisano, 1989), research into the organization of interfirm networks has been scant.
However, his study involves a major manufacturer surrounded by an interfirm network (e.
The notion that actions are both enabled and constrained by the interfirm network within which allied firms are embedded is heralded as a concept that unifies the agency-structure dichotomy that has heretofore persisted in prior research (Weaver and Gioia 1994).
The role of the interfirm network as an information channel and facilitator of knowledge exchange between firms can be significant in the technological context (Powell, Koput, and Smith-Doerr, 1996).
Each locus involves overlapping interfirm networks and helps us visualize how a nexus supplier can be embedded in the network.
It is clear that it increases with the growth of the number of partners because the potential of interfirm networks increases.
As a result, we can observe the rise of various types of subregional growth polygons: (1) transborder metropolitan spillovers centering on an urban growth pole such as Hong Kong and Singapore; (2) joint natural resource-based or infrastructure-based development projects for the comanagement of a shared transnational resource like a river; and (3) outgrowth of internationalizing, interfirm networks in which clusters of export-oriented firms are at their core.
An important insight from this study was the realization that interfirm networks may be critically underdeveloped in the Colombian context, limiting the ability for relational and institutional factors to influence firms toward internationalization.