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Collective Network Capability in International Project Business Networks - A Case Study of the Business Network for the Ashanti Electrification Project in Ghana

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dc.contributor Svenska handelshögskolan, institutionen för marknadsföring, logistik och företagsgeografi sv
dc.contributor Hanken School of Economics, Department of Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Corporate Geography en
dc.contributor.author Owusu, Richard A.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-02T13:48:14Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-02T13:48:14Z
dc.date.issued 2003-01-31
dc.identifier.isbn 951-555-763-1
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10227/86
dc.identifier.uri URN:ISBN:951-555-763-1
dc.description.abstract Despite thirty years of research in interorganizational networks and project business within the industrial networks approach and relationship marketing, collective capability of networks of business and other interorganizational actors has not been explicitly conceptualized and studied within the above-named approaches. This is despite the fact that the two approaches maintain that networking is one of the core strategies for the long-term survival of market actors. Recently, many scholars within the above-named approaches have emphasized that the survival of market actors is based on the strength of their networks and that inter-firm competition is being replaced by inter-network competition. Furthermore, project business is characterized by the building of goal-oriented, temporary networks whose aims, structures, and procedures are clarified and that are governed by processes of interaction as well as recurrent contracts. This study develops frameworks for studying and analysing collective network capability, i.e. collective capability created for the network of firms. The concept is first justified and positioned within the industrial networks, project business, and relationship marketing schools. An eclectic source of conceptual input is based on four major approaches to interorganizational business relationships. The study uses qualitative research and analysis, and the case report analyses the empirical phenomenon using a large number of qualitative techniques: tables, diagrams, network models, matrices etc. The study shows the high level of uniqueness and complexity of international project business. While perceived psychic distance between the parties may be small due to previous project experiences and the benefit of existing relationships, a varied number of critical events develop due to the economic and local context of the recipient country as well as the coordination demands of the large number of involved actors. The study shows that the successful creation of collective network capability led to the success of the network for the studied project. The processes and structures for creating collective network capability are encapsulated in a model of governance factors for interorganizational networks. The theoretical and management implications are summarized in seven propositions. The core implication is that project business success in unique and complex environments is achieved by accessing the capabilities of a network of actors, and project management in such environments should be built on both contractual and cooperative procedures with local recipient country parties. fi
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dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Svenska handelshögskolan sv
dc.publisher Hanken School of Economics en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Economics and Society
dc.relation.ispartofseries 112
dc.rights Publikationen är skyddad av upphovsrätten. Den får läsas och skrivas ut för personligt bruk. Användning i kommersiellt syfte är förbjuden. sv
dc.rights This publication is copyrighted. You may download, display and print it for Your own personal use. Commercial use is prohibited. en
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dc.subject collective network capability fi
dc.subject resources and capabilities fi
dc.subject international project business fi
dc.subject project marketing and purchasing fi
dc.subject business networks fi
dc.subject governance factors in business networks fi
dc.subject africa, ghana fi
dc.subject.other Marketing fi
dc.title Collective Network Capability in International Project Business Networks - A Case Study of the Business Network for the Ashanti Electrification Project in Ghana fi
dc.type.ontasot Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Väitöskirja fi
dc.type.ontasot Doktorsavhandling sv
dc.type.dcmitype Text
dc.date.accepted 2003-02-10

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