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Towards a conceptual model explaining change in networks


Morten H. Abrahamsen
BI Norwegian Business School
Morten H. Abrahamsen and
Pete Naude
Manchester Business School
United Kingdom
Pete Naude

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The paper was published at the 24th IMP-conference in Uppsala, Sweden in 2008.


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This paper discusses the role that actor perceptions play in network changes. It presents a model which analyse change at actor, dyad and network levels in terms of how actors explain changes ("what is happening") and how they make sense of them ("why it is happening"). The model is tested on empirical data from interviews with Norwegian exporters of fresh salmon to Japan, and their Japanese business partners. The model is a novel attempt to understand how actors perceive and explain changes by integrating two recent concepts in the network tradition: network pictures and network change.