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A Web of Alliances in the Global Telecommunication Industry
Unformatted Document Text:  Global Telecommunication 12 defining boundaries: attributes of units, such as membership in an organization or industry; kinds of relations, such as strategic alliances or interlocking directorates; and participation in a set of events or issues, such as global deregulation policy or media convergence. Based on the above three criteria, interdependencies among the actors may be examined and generalized in a particular population (Marsden, 1990). For the telecommunication industry, the data include equity partnerships and joint ventures in terms of the forms of interorganizational relationships (Nohria & Garcia-Pont, 1991). In terms of sampling, the 25 largest global telecommunication firms were chosen for study because of both the availability and reliability of data. In addition, this way of sampling enable to us to examine the behavior of significant players in each industry. In addition, previous network studies on interorganizational alliances have focused on the leading firms (Gulati, 1995). Telecommunication Industry Network The data set is on telecommunication companies. Global top 25 telecommunication operators ranked by revenue in US dollars in 2000 by Communications Week International (September 24, 2001) are collected. The 25 global telecommunication companies in study are listed in Table 3. The list of the global telecommunication includes wireline telecommunications service providers, wireless telecommunications service providers and cable operators. Data on interorganizational alliances are obtained from the following sources: Standard & Poor’s Corporate Descriptions plus News for the US corporations and the Major Companies Database for the international corporations. Additional data for the telecommunication industry are collected from the Global Wireless by Crain Communications (July, 2000), Global Telecoms

Authors: Chon, Bum Soo. and Barnett, George.
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Global Telecommunication 12
defining boundaries: attributes of units, such as membership in an organization or industry; kinds
of relations, such as strategic alliances or interlocking directorates; and participation in a set of
events or issues, such as global deregulation policy or media convergence. Based on the above
three criteria, interdependencies among the actors may be examined and generalized in a
particular population (Marsden, 1990). For the telecommunication industry, the data include
equity partnerships and joint ventures in terms of the forms of interorganizational relationships
(Nohria & Garcia-Pont, 1991). In terms of sampling, the 25 largest global telecommunication
firms were chosen for study because of both the availability and reliability of data. In addition,
this way of sampling enable to us to examine the behavior of significant players in each industry.
In addition, previous network studies on interorganizational alliances have focused on the leading
firms (Gulati, 1995).
Telecommunication Industry Network
The data set is on telecommunication companies. Global top 25 telecommunication
operators ranked by revenue in US dollars in 2000 by Communications Week International
(September 24, 2001) are collected. The 25 global telecommunication companies in study are
listed in Table 3. The list of the global telecommunication includes wireline telecommunications
service providers, wireless telecommunications service providers and cable operators. Data on
interorganizational alliances are obtained from the following sources: Standard & Poor’s
Corporate Descriptions plus News for the US corporations and the Major Companies Database
for the international corporations. Additional data for the telecommunication industry are
collected from the Global Wireless by Crain Communications (July, 2000), Global Telecoms


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