Title: An analysis of embeddedness in the value creation in interorganisational networks: an illustrative example in Brazil

Authors: Simone Cristina De Oliveira Gobbo; José Paulo Alves Fusco; José Alcides Gobbo Junior

Addresses: EESC – School of Engineering of São Carlos, USP – University of São Paulo, Avenida Trabalhador São Carlense, 400, 13566-590 São Carlos-SP, Brazil ' UNESP – Univ Estadual Paulista, Department of Production Engineering, Av. Eng. Luiz Edmundo Carrijo Coube, 14-01, 17033-360 Bauru-SP, Brazil ' UNESP – Univ Estadual Paulista, Department of Production Engineering, Av. Eng. Luiz Edmundo Carrijo Coube, 14-01, 17033-360 Bauru-SP, Brazil

Abstract: The purpose of this article is to propose a methodological approach to analyse how the positioning of actors in an interorganisational network can influence the elements of value creation. This study fills a gap in the existing literature by exploring the relationship between the positioning of actors and the value creation in a context of interorganisational networks. The case study method was employed and the data was obtained from four companies of an interorganisational network, located in Brazil, which produces earthmoving equipments. The central actor in this network is benefited through access to resources, power and information of the other network actors. The centrality position seems to help this company in the absorption and diffusion of knowledge among the other network actors. The research indicates, that a dense core (through strong ties) and redundancy (for triangulation and knowledge absorption), benefited the following value creation elements: tangible; intangible; services and economic.

Keywords: embeddedness; value creation; interorganisational networks; Brazil; earthmoving equipment; knowledge absorption; knowledge diffusion.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAOM.2014.061447

International Journal of Advanced Operations Management, 2014 Vol.6 No.2, pp.178 - 198

Received: 05 Apr 2013
Accepted: 11 Dec 2013

Published online: 26 May 2014 *

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