Netherlands, Nijmegen

Inter-organizational Networks: Managing Organizational Success in an Inter-connected

when 8 July 2019 - 12 July 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 550

In today’s economy no organization is an island. Many resources that are critical for the performance of organizations are controlled by others. As a result, organizations are connected with each other forming constellations of collaborations known as inter-organizational networks. In this course, you will understand the formation, functioning and consequences of such networks and why this is of critical importance to understanding why some organizations make it and others fail.

From the spread of successful technology from Silicon Valley to our homes, to the 2008 global financial crisis, where the fail of a few financial institutions triggered a domino effect, it has become obvious that we can no longer disregard the complex interconnected nature of firms. Given the great potential benefits as well as risks, understanding the formation, functioning and consequences of inter-organizational networks are of critical importance. The course Inter-organizational Networks will equip you with such understanding.

More specifically, the course touches upon four topics:

1. Differentiating different types of inter-organizational relations and networks.
If you would ask yourself, who brought the phone you hold on your hand, what would you answer? Apple, Samsung, etc.? Well, there is a great chance that your phone is the result of dozens or hundreds of collaborations among tech companies. Their purpose, to innovate.
If you look at the financial markets you can observe a different type of inter-organizational networks. Banks extending loans to each other through the inter-bank lending market form a special form of inter-organizational network where relationships are determined through the loans they extend to each other. Their purpose, to manage their assets and liabilities.

2. understanding the antecedents/causes of inter-organizational relations and networks.
Does Apple seek for collaborative partners based on their track records as product innovators? Is a bank’s decision to accept/issue an inter-bank loan dependent on interest rates only or do they also take into account the risk and trustworthiness of their potential counter-parties?

3. understanding the consequences of inter-organizational relations and networks at the organizational level. Is Samsung’s network one of the determinants for the failure of the Samsung Note 7? Following the 2008 global financial crisis, the Basel Accord agreed on enforcing banks to take into account counter-party risk when assessing their overall risk levels.

4. understanding the consequences of inter-organizational relations and networks at the network level. Which network structures enable innovation and the creation of products like the iPhone? Are banks too connected to fail? Is the inter-bank lending network doomed to fail if another financial crisis hits the market?

Course organization
The course will consist of lectures and computer lab sessions. During the lectures, you will learn about the main theoretical concepts used in the study of inter-organizational networks. In each lab session, you will obtain the tools necessary to create, visualize and statistically analyze inter-organizational networks through the use of social network analysis software.

Course leader

Gabriele Contreras
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
Radboud University

Target group

Advanced bachelor, master, PhD and post-doc. From advanced bachelor’s students about to start their last year of education to post-docs in the fields of economics, finance, management, and/or sociology.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:
1.Differentiate types of inter-organizational relations and networks,
2.Explain under which circumstances organizations will engage in the various types of inter-organizational relationships and networks,
3.Explain the consequences/outcomes of inter-organizational relations and networks at the organizational level,
4.Apply a network analytical tool to visualize and analyse inter-organizational networks (i.e. UCINET),
5.Interpret the results of statistical empirical analyses in the context of the study of inter-organizational networks,
6.Apply, compare and contrast different network theories to study relevant economic problems by means of writing research proposal.

Fee info

EUR 550: Normal fee


€ 495 early bird discount – deadline 1 March 2019 (10%)
€ 468 partner + RU discount (15%)
€ 413 early bird + partner + RU discount (25%)

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