Information Age Economy
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Formation and Early Growth of Business Webs

Modular Product Systems in Network Markets

Authors: Steiner, Florian

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Networks of firms have been in the focus of management research for several years. Recently, special attention has been paid to so-called business webs. Business webs are networks of firms which provide complements to a common product architecture. In the past, research focused on management issues of such webs but neglected the important question of how they actually came into being. The present book explicitly examines the formation and early growth of business webs. The author illustrates the early growth phases with two in-depth cases of the formation of the wireless internet ecosystem i-mode and the leading person-to-person online auction platform eBay. The book uncovers the contingencies under which the establishment of business webs is likely to succeed. Business researchers will benefit from the theoretical framework, while interested business managers will find explanations and advice for establishing a business web.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-21

  • On Network Industries

    Pages 23-44

  • Business Webs: Decomposable, Modular Organisations

    Pages 45-60

  • Business Web Growth Cases

    Pages 61-122

  • Towards a Theory of Business Web Growth

    Pages 123-150

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Softcover $109.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Formation and Early Growth of Business Webs
Book Subtitle
Modular Product Systems in Network Markets
Authors
Series Title
Information Age Economy
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Physica-Verlag Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Physica-Verlag Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-7908-1615-0
DOI
10.1007/b138404
Softcover ISBN
978-3-7908-1552-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 185
Number of Illustrations
29 b/w illustrations
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