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The mobilization of scarce resources

Network Strategy

ISBN: 978-0-7623-1442-3, eISBN: 978-1-84950-531-4

ISSN: 0742-3322

Publication date: 25 July 2008

Abstract

We examine how the ability of one actor to gain access to resources controlled by another depends on two factors: (i) the number of mutual acquaintances connecting the prospective lender and borrower and (ii) the scarcity of the resources in question. We argue that the incentives to renege on an agreement grow as the resources being traded become increasingly scarce. Mutual acquaintances, however, dampen these incentives, and therefore become more important to facilitating exchange as demand for the good of interest rises. Our analysis of qualitative and quantitative evidence from a study of senior partners at an international consultancy supports these propositions.

Citation

Løvås, B. and Sorenson, O. (2008), "The mobilization of scarce resources", Baum, J.A.C. and Rowley, T.J. (Ed.) Network Strategy (Advances in Strategic Management, Vol. 25), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 361-389. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0742-3322(08)25010-2

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