Bridging structural holes in global manufacturing equity based partnerships: A network analysis of domestic vs. international joint venture formations

Steven Carnovale, Dale Rogers, Sengun Yeniyurt

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Firms operating in a global environment face increasing uncertainties when designing the composition of their supply chain networks. In addition, the complexity of the structure of these networks is ever growing. Thus, when firms look to engage in global partnership formations, access to information about the network structure becomes a vital asset in mitigating the uncertainties associated with the partnership formation dynamics; particularly when bridging structural holes in the network. Accordingly, the aim of this research is to demonstrate that firms can leverage network analysis when designing their global sourcing strategies to assuage the difficulties associated with the lack of information in the JV formation process thus rendering them in a more fortuitous position. Thus, we investigate which characteristics of the firm's network structure can be used to gain structural network information associated with new JV formations; both domestic and internationally. Specifically, we examine JV network brokerage, JV network reach centrality and JV network remoteness. Our results suggest that these network characteristics play a vitally important role in bridging the structural holes associated with domestic and cross boarder JV formations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-17
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Purchasing and Supply Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2016



  • Global production networks
  • Global sourcing
  • Global supply networks
  • Joint venture formation
  • Network theory
  • Supply chain partnerships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Marketing
  • Strategy and Management

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