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A Web of Alliances in the Global Telecommunication Industry
Unformatted Document Text:  Global Telecommunication 17 used for exploring relationships within and between blocks in the network. The results of the blockmodelling analysis and the graph representation were represented in Figure 2. The member configuration of each block was based on the four grouping that were identified in the cluster analysis. More specifically, Block 1 was composed of Japanese + mega telecommunication companies. Block 2 included Europe-based telecommunication companies. Block 3 was consisted of a Japan-US-Europe hybrid. Block 4 had most of wireless telecommunication companies. As a result, there were sparse connections among blocks. As shown in the centrality analysis, an active block was associated with Block 1 (Japanese + major telecommunication companies). It showed that alliances between global mega telecommunication companies and Japanese telecommunication companies were frequently made. In terms of the relationships between blocks, only Block 1 was linked with Block 3 (a Japan-US-Europe hybrid group). In fact, Block 3 was a peripheral group. Thus, it can be inferred that Block 1 and Block 3 were loosely coupled. Overall, the results suggest that most of blocks in the telecommunication industry were decoupled. In other words, the structure of group relationships showed disaggregating patterns in interorganizational alliances. ______________________ FIGURE 2 ABOUT HERE ______________________

Authors: Chon, Bum Soo. and Barnett, George.
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Global Telecommunication 17
used for exploring relationships within and between blocks in the network. The results of the
blockmodelling analysis and the graph representation were represented in Figure 2. The member
configuration of each block was based on the four grouping that were identified in the cluster
analysis. More specifically, Block 1 was composed of Japanese + mega telecommunication
companies. Block 2 included Europe-based telecommunication companies. Block 3 was
consisted of a Japan-US-Europe hybrid. Block 4 had most of wireless telecommunication
companies.
As a result, there were sparse connections among blocks. As shown in the centrality
analysis, an active block was associated with Block 1 (Japanese + major telecommunication
companies). It showed that alliances between global mega telecommunication companies and
Japanese telecommunication companies were frequently made. In terms of the relationships
between blocks, only Block 1 was linked with Block 3 (a Japan-US-Europe hybrid group). In fact,
Block 3 was a peripheral group. Thus, it can be inferred that Block 1 and Block 3 were loosely
coupled. Overall, the results suggest that most of blocks in the telecommunication industry were
decoupled. In other words, the structure of group relationships showed disaggregating patterns in
interorganizational alliances.
______________________
FIGURE 2 ABOUT HERE
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