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The State of Network Organization: A Survey in Three Frameworks


Marshall W. Van Alstyne


Boston University - Department of Management Information Systems; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School

March 26, 2009

Journal of Organizational Computing, Vol. 7, No. 3, 1997

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This article reviews the literature on network organizations and interprets explanations for its behaviors in terms of established analytical principles. Tools from computer science, economics, and sociology give three markedly different interpretations of its core attributes but they also settle on a handful of common themes. The proposed benefits are a clarification of what it means for an organization to be network structured, a few insights into its origins, and a suggestion of where the boundaries to some of its different forms might lie.

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Keywords: markets versus hierarchies, decentralization, decision locus, asset specificity, vertical integration, communication, coordination costs, governance, teams, collaboration

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Date posted: March 27, 2009 ; Last revised: March 31, 2009

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Van Alstyne, Marshall W., The State of Network Organization: A Survey in Three Frameworks (March 26, 2009). Journal of Organizational Computing, Vol. 7, No. 3, 1997. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1368930

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