Exploring dynamic multi-level linkages in inter-organizational networks

Fangcheng Tang*, Youmin Xi

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When an organization pursues the goals specific to its environment, networks are constructed to gain various resources from other collaborators. However, most individual studies on inter-organizational network have taken a simplified view of relationships among member organizations by focusing on a static and single level linkage. This paper proposes a multi-level approach to integrate resource, organization and network levels and explores the relationship between these levels. This enables us to identify a set of important micro, meso and macro linkages between resource, organization and network. Operational measures and results are illustrated via a case study from an incubator system of Xi'an High-tech Park of China. The case study demonstrates that one level triggers the changes of other levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-208
Number of pages22
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Centrality
  • Cluster
  • Density
  • Inter-organization network
  • Multi-level approach

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