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Simulating the Role of Inter-Firm Relations in Construction on the Productive Implementation of Innovations

TitleSimulating the Role of Inter-Firm Relations in Construction on the Productive Implementation of Innovations
Publication TypeTechnical Report
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsTaylor, J, Levitt, R, Mahalingam, A
IssueTR166
Date Published10/2006
PublisherCIFE
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsCenter for Integrated Facility Engineering, CIFE, Coordination, Innovation, Interorganizational Networks, Relational Instability, Simulation, Stanford University, Task Interdependence
AbstractIn this paper we develop a multi-agent simulation model to explore the impact of inter-firm relations in construction industry interorganizational networks on the productive implementation of innovations. Though interorganizational network researchers generally agree that when firms form into networks they will gain access to new knowledge, the question of learning beyond the firm at the boundaries between firms or at the level of the network itself remain less explored. We simulate the impact of task interdependence and relational instability on learning in interorganizational networks comprised of multiple disparate specialist firms. We find that relational instability in networks slows learning and that task interdependence moderates the impact of increasing relational instability on network productivity rates. The findings have significant implications for interorganizational network theory and for the construction industry, which is highly fragmented with significant inter-firm relational instability. Furthermore, the simulation results provides insights into appropriate firm and network strategies for change.
URLhttps://purl.stanford.edu/hb029bv6168
PDF Linkhttps://stacks.stanford.edu/file/druid:hb029bv6168/TR166.pdf
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