Managing Corporations in Networks

Thesis Eleven 66 (2001) 80-98

19 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2018 Last revised: 24 Aug 2018

Date Written: January 29, 2001


The background of the article is Marxism’s lack of a notion of management. The article suggests that anyone rethinking capitalism should pause for a moment to check on the evidence of such a notion. It seems necessary because today’s theory of capitalism can no longer be content with a structural theory of the conflict between capital and labour, but must integrate a poststructural, or operational, theory of how capitalism is sustained on a day-to-day basis by organized projects in networks. The article develops a notion of “management by strata”, which is matched to the traditional role of hierarchies, and a notion of “management by ties“, which is tuned to the newly discovered role of hierarchies in networks. The method used in the article is a theoretical study based on the sociological theories of social systems and networks.

Keywords: Management, Corporation, Firm, Network

Suggested Citation

Baecker, Dirk, Managing Corporations in Networks (January 29, 2001). Thesis Eleven 66 (2001) 80-98, Available at SSRN:

Dirk Baecker (Contact Author)

Witten/Herdecke University ( email )



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