Networks, Ecosystems and Clusters

Networks, Ecosystems and Clusters

Jarkko Vesa (Helsinki School of Economics, Finland)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 39
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-584-9.ch005


“Vertically integrated manufacturing firms are morphing into internal and external networks.” (Achrol & Kotler, 1999, p. 161) In the previous two chapters, we have reviewed various types of coordination mechanisms and discussed issues related to the boundaries of a firm. Different kinds of collaborative and network relationships have been presented as a means to increase cooperation between different players in an industry. Now is a good time to go a little bit deeper into the philosophy of networks. We will also familiarize ourselves with two interesting concepts of intercompany networking: business ecosystems and clusters.

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