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Innovation-based Nets as Collective Actors: A Heterarchization Case Study from the Automotive Industry

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  • Catarina Roseira

    () (Faculdade de Economia, Universidade do Porto)

  • Carlos Brito

    () (Faculdade de Economia, Universidade do Porto)

  • Stephan C. Henneberg

    () (Manchester Business School, University of Manchester)

Abstract

Cooperation and collaboration between companies represents a key issue within the conceptual framework developed by the IMP Group. However, little attention has been paid to a phenomenon which can result from such collaboration, i.e. collective action. This involves cooperative activities undertaken by a significant number of actors sharing a common aim. This research uses the concept of issue-based net to open new avenues to understand collective action in the context of innovation activities, specifically by analyzing a case study of an innovation-based net in the automotive industry. Two main objectives are addressed in this study: Related to this discussion of different development paths of collective actors, the case study analysis focuses on how issue-based nets emerge and evolve in situations of innovation, specifically, what kind of structure and process issues characterize a heterarchization development path. Furthermore, the analysis addressed how issue-based nets change the positioning of individual member firms, a well as that of the collective actor within the overall network.

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  • Catarina Roseira & Carlos Brito & Stephan C. Henneberg, 2010. "Innovation-based Nets as Collective Actors: A Heterarchization Case Study from the Automotive Industry," FEP Working Papers 392, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
  • Handle: RePEc:por:fepwps:392
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    Keywords

    Innovation; collective actor; issue-based nets; heterarchization; case study; automotive industry;

    JEL classification:

    • M19 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Other
    • M39 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Marketing and Advertising - - - Other

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