1 Centre for Organizational Renewal and Evolution (CORE), Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University2 Department of Business Administration - Management, Department of Management, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University3 Department of Management, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University4 Department of Management, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University5 Department of Management, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University
The vast body of studies on inter-organizational networks suffers from a number of conceptual and methodological gaps which render some of the studies incompatible and hinder a greater understanding and coherence of the field. Part of the problem is that quite a number of the concepts, methods and theories used within the field of inter-organizational networks originate from research in inter-personal and/or intra-organizational networks where some of the methodological issues (e.g. unit of analysis and boundary specification) are more easily solved. This paper consists of a large-scale systematic literature review of the last 12 years' research on inter-organizational networks, with a focus on the methodological aspects. The findings of this paper is that few of the previous studies have used the full methodological (and thus theoretical) scope of the available data and that the most cited papers and those appearing in top-ranked journals are more prone to using Social Network Analysis than papers in general.
inter-organizational networks; social network analysis; literature review