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Competing in groups

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  • Tim J. Rowley

    (Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada)

  • Joel A. C. Baum

    (Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada)

  • Andrew V. Shipilov

    (Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada)

  • Henrich R. Greve

    (Norwegian School of Management, Norway)

  • Hayagreeva Rao

    (Kellogg Graduate School of Business, Northwestern University, USA)

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    In this study, we examine how the characteristics of clique structures affect the performance of firms embedded within the cliques. Although it is generally accepted in organization theory and strategic management that firms are embedded within ego and overarching industry networks that each affect their behavior and performance, there is little evidence on whether cliques are stable features of industry networks or affect firm behavior or performance. We theorize that the value of a clique to its members depends on (1) the network centrality of the clique and (2) the internal structure and organization (heterogeneity and inequality) of the clique. Our analysis of the Canadian investment banking industry from 1952 to 1990 provides empirical evidence of stable cliques, and indicates that while a clique's internal structure and organization materially affect firm-level benefits of clique membership, its positional embeddedness within the industry network does not. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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    Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Managerial and Decision Economics.

    Volume (Year): 25 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 6-7 ()
    Pages: 453-471

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    Handle: RePEc:wly:mgtdec:v:25:y:2004:i:6-7:p:453-471
    DOI: 10.1002/mde.1201
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    1. Robert Jacobson, 1990. "Unobservable Effects and Business Performance," Marketing Science, INFORMS, vol. 9(1), pages 74-85.
    2. Lee, Lung-Fei, 1983. "Generalized Econometric Models with Selectivity," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 51(2), pages 507-512, March.
    3. Peter Kennedy, 2003. "A Guide to Econometrics, 5th Edition," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 5, volume 1, number 026261183x, July.
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