Grad Research Snapshot: Olga A. Novoselova

Olga NovoselovaSince connections between organizations affect a range of important outcomes, from innovations to political influence, scholars have been trying to find where networks themselves come from, finding that multiple predictors explain interorganizational ties. Since these studies, however, usually concentrate on one or a few explanations, the relative importance of these various network drivers remains a puzzle. To engage the “big picture” question, this study generalizes network predictors by the dimensions of the complex social environment where organizations operate and connect to each other—time, industry, geography, organization, networks, and top management—and asks where, across these dimensions, more important drivers of interorganizational connectivity are located. To do this, I analyzed three types of outcome ties—board interlocks, alliances, and ties through executive migration—among the U.S. public companies in the S&P 500 in 1997–2015. The results show that the drivers of corporate connectivity are located in several dimensions of the interorganizational space, but their relative importance depends on the type of interfirm tie. While the dimension of organization is important for all types of connections, industry-related drivers matter for alliances and executive migration, and geography—for board interlocks. Surprisingly, the importance of past networks and executive officers for corporate connectivity is relatively low.

 

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