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Press releases, annual reports and newspaper articles: Using alternative data sources for studies on business network dynamics
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2006 (English)In: 22nd Annual IMP Conference, Milan, 2006Conference paper, Published paper (Other (popular scientific, debate etc.))
Abstract [en]

Research on business network dynamics has a strong foundation in case studies often built on interviews. Whereas interviews may capture the complexity of business networks, they are associated with weaknesses, especially if the interviews are meant to reflect on events that occurred in the past. In this article we challenge the one-sided use of interviews through proposing alternative data sources for studies on business network dynamics. The purpose of this paper is to discuss and exemplify how press releases, newspaper articles and annual reports can be used systematically to study business network dynamics. Examples from three ongoing studies using these sources are presented to illustrate their use. These studies indicate that these alternative data sources enable both cross-sectional and longitudinal studies of business network dynamics, where the systematic use of data enables the capturing of a network at different times of its development without rationalisation or loss of memory effects.

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2006.
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Data sources, business network dynamics, press releases, annual reports, newspaper articles
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-82231OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-82231DiVA: diva2:110137
Available from: 2008-08-20 Created: 2008-08-20

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