Power of Corporate Networks : A Comparative and Historical Perspective
Corporate networks, the links between companies and their leaders, reflect a country’s economic organization – and more precisely its corporate governance system. Most research on corporate networks focuses on a single country and/or a brief time period, however, making fruitful comparisons difficult. This book provides a unique long-term analysis of the rise, consolidation, and decline of these networks in fourteen European and non-European countries in the 20th and early 21st centuries. It revisits important debates in corporate networks literature such as the interactions between the industrial and financial sectors or the role of state-owned enterprises, and integrates studies from East European, Asian and Latin American countries, moving beyond the Anglo-Saxon view which dominates the literature.
The chapters in this volume bridge the literatures on corporate networks and corporate governance – which, despite their common issues, often fail to address one another. The editors bring together the most internationally well-known specialists of corporate networks who focus, through their network analysis, on corporate governance issues. Each chapter reveals distinct phases in the evolution of national networks and explains how and why changes have taken place over time.