Έκδοση: 2014
ISBN: 978-960-562-181-0
Σελίδες: 243
Συγγραφέας: C. Bassayannis

The purpose of the book Interaction Effects on Product Development Networks in China is to contribute to the understanding of product develop­ment processes within dispersed business-to-business networks that involve business actors in China. This research investigates how these processes initiate and evolve in a dynamic environment. More specifically, it examines the impact of culture in terms of interpersonal interactive relationships on the formation and development of product development processes.

Specifically, the Actors-Resources-Activities (ARA) model of interaction (Hakansson & Snehota 1995) of the business network paradigm is employed in the book Interaction Effects on Product Development Networks in China to analyse relationship pat­terns in low, medium and high-tech product development networks, in terms of actor bonds, resource ties and activity links. Although analyses of the case studies show that there seem to be difficulties for the ARA model to capture and interpret what is in the ʽshadowʼ of direct business interaction processes in China, the main solution is drawn from acknowledging the significance of both the business network and the guanxi network approaches as parallel mechanisms or cross-cutting patterns of explaining evolution of business relationships. Guanxi networks take on a new perspective as they are viewed and analysed from a dynamic lens under product development contexts. In particular, the emergence and refinement of the concept of guanxi as ʽprocess of interactionʼ or ʽprocess of organizationʼ has been a crucial element in the development of IMP thinking.

Managerial lessons in the end of the book Interaction Effects on Product Development Networks in China are drawn by analysing how actorsʼ interactions influence product and technology co-creation, and how business actors nurture, develop and maintain relationships in China. Findings show that non-business interactive processes at the interpersonal network level influence significantly the formation of activity links, re­source interfaces and actor bonds at the inter-organisational level. Hence, accounting for non-business interaction and the socio-cultural features in nurturing, developing and maintaining relationships offers a complimentary approach to contemporary busi­ness network research practice.

  • CHAPTER I1
  • Introduction1
  • 1.0 Research Problem2
  • 1.1 Research Gap3
  • 1.2 Theoretical Contribution5
  • 1.3 Structure of the Thesis7
  • CHAPTER II13
  • Literature Review13
  • 2.0 Introduction14
  • 2.1 The Business Network Paradigm18
  • 2.2 Product Development and the Knowledge Network28
  • 2.3 Outsourcing and the Supply Network38
  • 2.4 The Interactive Nature of Relationships42
  • 2.5 Guanxi Relationships and the Guanxi Network51
  • 2.6 Conclusion67
  • 2.7 Research Implications74
  • CHAPTER III77
  • Philosophical and Methodological Choices77
  • 3.0 Introduction78
  • 3.1 Knowledge as Social Practice81
  • 3.2 Philosophical Stance88
  • 3.3 Is There a Universal Theory for Network Studies?97
  • 3.4 The IMP Approach to Network Studies99
  • 3.5 Case Study Research and Systematic Combining101
  • 3.6 Alternative Methodological Choices107
  • 3.7 Choice of Data Generation111
  • 3.8 Analysis Methods 117
  • 3.9 Selection of Case Studies118
  • 3.10 Social Sampling and Data Sources121
  • 3.11 Conclusion123
  • CHAPTER IV125
  • Industry Definition and Context125
  • 4.0 Introduction126
  • 4.1 Chinese Economy127
  • 4.2 Industry Definition130
  • 4.3 Product Development Context131
  • 4.4 Networks in Multiple Case Studies131
  • CHAPTER V133
  • Empirical Findings133
  • 5.0 Introduction to Multiple Case Studies Research134
  • Case Study One (CS1)136
  • 5.1 Interactive Relationships Among UK Buyer and First-Tier Suppliers in China136
  • 5.1.1 A Social Network Analysis of a UK-Chinese Product Development140
  • Network140
  • 5.1.2 Network Perceptions - A Qualitative Inquiry144
  • Case Study Two (CS2)152
  • 5.2 Downstream and Upstream Interactive Relationships of a Foreign-owned High-tech Manufacturer in Guangzhou152
  • Case Study Three (CS3)157
  • 5.3 High-tech Product Development Networks of a Mobile Phone Component Manufacturer in Southern China157
  • Case Study Four (CS4)162
  • 5.4 Interpersonal Aspects of Relationship Formation and Development: The Case of a Chinese State-owned Tobacco Manufacturer and a Western Supplier162
  • Case Study Five (CS5)166
  • 5.5 Formation and Development of Supply Networks in China: The Case of a Western Textile Manufacturer in China166
  • 5.6 Conclusion170
  • CHAPTER VI173
  • Discussion of Findings173
  • 6.0 Introduction174
  • 6.1 Analysis of Empirical Findings - Case Study 1175
  • 6.2 Analysis of Empirical Findings - Case Study 2177
  • 6.3 Analysis of Empirical Findings - Case Study 3179
  • 6.4 Analysis of Empirical Findings - Case Study 4181
  • 6.5 Analysis of Empirical Findings - Case Study 5183
  • 6.6 Comparative Discussion of Findings from Case Studies185
  • 6.7 Guanxi as Process of Interaction191
  • 6.8 Theorising for Business Interaction in China193
  • 6.9 Complementary Modes of Analysing Interaction195
  • 6.10 A Model for Evaluating Supplier Network Performance197
  • 6.11 Conclusion200
  • CHAPTER VII201
  • Conclusion and Future Research201
  • 7.0 Introduction202
  • 7.1 Theoretical Implications202
  • 7.2 Managerial Implications204
  • 7.3 Future Research207
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY209
  • APPENDICES219
  • A: Literature Review Methodology219
  • B: Example of Interview Transcript221
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY209
  • C: Interview Consent Form228
  • D: Participant Information Sheet229
  • E: Open-Ended Interviews230