Organizations, Networks and Complexity (Research Group Conference)

Wed, 16/01/2013 to Thu, 17/01/2013


Amalya Oliver-Lumerman, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Yuval Kalish, Tel Aviv University


Organizational networks are collaborative systems between organizations that are structured to achieve certain goals. The principle rationale behind organizational networks is that no single organization can achieve its stated outcome by itself due to resource constraints. The resources that are gained from the networks are funding, capabilities, knowledge and learning, legitimacy, consulting and more. While organizations need to collaborate, there are additional factors that hinder these collaborations. These include competition, knowledge protection, free riding, opportunism, inertia, lack of trust and fragility. Similar logic may be applied not only to organizational networks, but also to networks of individuals or even networks of products.

The two-day international conference will explore different perspectives on networks as they apply to marketing, product sales, financial bubbles, strategy, production of knowledge, innovations in science, political power, healthcare, organizational learning and the spread of ideas.



Terry Amburgey, University of Toronto
Mark Ebers, University of Cologne
Jacob Goldenberg, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Joe Labianca, University of Kentucky
Dovev Lavie, Technion
Sheen Levine, Columbia University
Alessandro Lomi, University of Lugano
Bart Nooteboom, Tilburg University
Gal Oestreicher-Singer, Tel Aviv University
Sorin Solomon, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Brian Uzzi, Northwestern University