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Interpersonal and Inter-organizational Networks in the Performing Arts: The Case of Project-Based Organizations in the Live Music Industry


  • Silvia Sedita


The main aim of the paper is to contribute to the literature on project-based organizations (PBOs), concerning how temporary organizations are nested in an organizational setting that involves interpersonal and inter-organizational networks. Special attention is paid to the performing arts. A PBO is defined here as an organization that uses a one-shot method of organizing transactions, created by the ability of a permanent organization to design an organizational setting using the existing social and productive net. This may be considered a latent, informal network, based on reputation-driven interpersonal relationships. The paper also attempts to explore the relationship between the organizational capabilities to deploy latent networks and their economic performance. The empirical context is live music performances in the Veneto region. The analysis relates to the population of singers who have worked with an organization at least once in 2003, performing at an artistic event within this region. Using statistical techniques and network analysis tools, the analysis reveals the existence of a network of creativity, where the ability of the organizations to deploy latent networks supports their economic performance.

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  • Silvia Sedita, 2008. "Interpersonal and Inter-organizational Networks in the Performing Arts: The Case of Project-Based Organizations in the Live Music Industry," Industry and Innovation, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(5), pages 493-511.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:indinn:v:15:y:2008:i:5:p:493-511
    DOI: 10.1080/13662710802373833

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    1. Lars Frederiksen & Silvia Rita Sedita, 2005. "Embodied Knowledge Transfer Comparing inter-firm labor mobility in the music industry and manufacturing industries," DRUID Working Papers 05-14, DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies.
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    1. Tödtling, Franz & Auer, Alexander, 2017. "Knowledge bases, innovation and multi-scalar relationships - Which kind of territorial boundedness of industrial clusters?," SRE-Discussion Papers 5937, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business.
    2. Franz Tödtling & Alexander Auer, 2017. "Knowledge bases, innovation and multi-scalar relationships - Which kind of territorial boundedness of industrial clusters?," SRE-Disc sre-disc-2017_08, Institute for Multilevel Governance and Development, Department of Socioeconomics, Vienna University of Economics and Business.
    3. Silvia Rita Sedita & Roberta Apa, "undated". "Contractors networks in public procurement projects: The case of the construction industry in the Veneto region," "Marco Fanno" Working Papers 0193, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche "Marco Fanno".
    4. Wu, Yuanyuan & Wu, Shikui, 2016. "Managing ambidexterity in creative industries: A survey," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 69(7), pages 2388-2396.
    5. Freeman, Alan, 2009. "London's cultural and creative industries – 2010 update," MPRA Paper 52542, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Jun 2010.


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