Stable and Efficient Electronic Business Networks: Key Players and the Dilemma of Peripheral Firms
AbstractThis paper studies a spatial model of electronic business network formation where firms build links based on a cost-benefit analysis. Benefits result from directly and indirectly connected firms in terms of knowledge flows, which are heterogeneous: a “key-player”(e.g. a firm providing an exchange platform in a business-to-business network) provides a higher level of knowledge flows than “peripheral” firms (e.g. tier 3 suppliers in a vertically differentiated industry). For intermediate cost values of link formation, stable andefficient network structures comprise only a subset of the total set of firms, excluding peripheral firms which are most distantly located to the key player. When link formation implies a certain degree of network congestion, the stable and efficient network size issmaller than in a model with bilateral decisions upon link formation between two firms.
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Date of creation: 2005
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Network formation; business-to-business; spatial model;
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- Kai Suelzle, 2005. "Stable and Efficient Electronic Business Networks: Key Players and the Dilemma of Peripheral Firms," Working Papers 05-21, NET Institute, revised Oct 2005.
- C70 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - General
- D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation
- L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
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