Edited by Mika Tuunanen, Josef Windsperger, Gérard Cliquet & George Hendrikse. The theory of networks aims at developing theoretical views on the design and management of alliances, franchise chains, licensing, joint ventures, cooperatives, and venture capital relations.
Cooperation among people dates back as far as human beings team up in production for mutual benefit. Modern cooperatives are founded also for members’ mutual economic and social benefit. Cooperatives differ from conventional firms in many aspects. They are owned by a group of suppliers or consumers, rather than investors in business corporations. This special kind of ownership leads to a distinct way of managerial motivation, production coordination and allocation of cognition. How do these differences influence the comparative advantage or disadvantage of cooperatives? In her dissertation Motivation, Coordination and Cognition in Cooperatives, awarded cum laude, Li Feng compares the efficiency of cooperatives and a number of other organisational forms from various perspectives.
The book emphasizes research in economics and management of networks as an interdisciplinary field by offering new theoretical perspectives and presenting new empirical results on strategic and governance structure issues in cooperatives, franchising networks, alliances, joint ventures and venture capital relations.
By G. Cliquet, G. Hendrikse, M. Tuunanen, and J. Windsperger. The design and management of networks have become very important research topics in the field of organizational economics and management in the last decade.