Institutional Embeddedness of Interorganizational Networks
mar 04
March 04.
12:15 - 13:15
Frankel Leo ut 30-34
Room: 305, CEU InnovationsLab
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Institutional Embeddedness of Interorganizational Networks
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Date: March 4, 2013 - 12:15 - 13:15
Building: Frankel Leo ut 30-34
Room: 305, CEU InnovationsLab
Event type: Seminar
Event audience: CEU Community Only

A Guest Scholar Seminar by

Pooya Tavakoly

In this paper, we study how institutional theory enhances our understanding of the evolution of interorganizational networks. To do so, we provide a background on how and why a new logic, namely a market logic, emerged in the global securities market industry and resulted in coexistence with two other field-level competing logics: the community logic and the state logic.

We then investigate how this institutional pluralism affected the dynamics of alliance formation and partner selection and thereby reshaped the alliance network structure of the securities markets industry. Longitudinal quantitative analyses of our original archival dataset along with qualitative quotes from multiple sources suggest that demutualized stock exchanges have a higher tendency to form collaborative relationships, especially with rationales of market and technology development, as rooted in the mandates of a market logic, while state-owned stock exchanges have higher tendency to form collaborative ties with regulatory development rationales. As per the effect of institutional pluralism on partner selection, we study logic homophily vs. logic heterophily and investigate how these dynamics affect network evolution. In light of our findings, the importance of the effects of broader institutional dynamics in the evolution of social and interorganizational networks is discussed.

Short Bio
Pooya Tavakoly is a PhD candidate in management at the University of Lugano in Switzerland. Recently, he spent a year at the Strategic Management & Organization Department of the University of Alberta as a visiting researcher. His research interest revolves around organization theory and economic sociology with a special focus on interorganizational networks, collective identities and institutional theory. His teaching interest includes strategy, international business, interorganizational networks and business research methods. He holds a master's degree in management from the University of Oxford and has a background in computer science.


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