Interpartner legitimacy in Regional Strategic Networks
2011 (English)In: Industrial Marketing Management, ISSN 0019-8501, E-ISSN 1873-2062, Vol. 40, no 6, 1024-1031 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Our aim is to add to the knowledge on a network level, focusing on if, and how, interpartner legitimacy affects the success or failure of network formation and development processes. Existing network theories and research tend to focus on resource exchange rather than on how actors perceive each other in terms of being legitimate or not. The purpose of the article is to analyze the interpartner legitimacy's influence on the formation and development processes of regional strategic networks (RSNs) from a network level. Two Swedish cases are discussed in terms of pragmatic, moral and cognitive interpartner legitimacy. The cases and the following discussion illuminate that interpartner legitimacy is important to incorporate into the analytical model if we wish to understand the processes of negotiations on the rules and norms which set the possibilities for survival of multi-actor interactions.
►Legitimacy's role in the formation and operation of Regional Strategic Networks. ►Adds to the knowledge on a network level. ►Interpartner legitimacy affects success/failure of network formation and development. ►Smooth formation processes not the best development of Regional Strategic Networks.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 40, no 6, 1024-1031 p.
Regional strategic network, legitimacy, interpartner legitimacy, network formation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-202138OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-202138DiVA: diva2:631024