National networks of corporate power : an Irish perspective

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Title: National networks of corporate power : an Irish perspective
Authors: Mac Canna, Leo
Brennan, Niamh
O'Higgins, Eleanor
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Date: 1999
Abstract: This paper maps the network of interlocking directorships formed by the boards of the top 50 financial and 200 non-financial companies in Ireland. The Irish network is compared with those in ten countries, based on the same sample size and selection criteria as used in this paper, using the methods and theory of Social Network Analysis (SNA). Fundamental to the paper is the idea that the network of interlocking directorates is in some way structured, and not the result of random processes. Irish boards were found to have a relatively loose connected network structure which is sparser and less dense than those of other countries. This is reflected in the relatively low percentage of multiple directors and the relatively fewer number of directorships per multiple director. In general, indigenous Irish public companies tended to be central in the network, while a disproportionately large number of foreign and private companies were isolated on the periphery. However, a number of foreign-owned companies were central to the network - in particular, those which started as indigenous Irish companies which were subsequently taken over. When account is taken of the nature of the Irish economy and business in comparison with that of the ten other countries, it is seen that the opportunities for company interlinking at board level in Ireland are relatively fewer. However, within these constraints, there is a thriving network of corporate power in Ireland.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Springer
Journal: Journal of Management and Governance
Volume: 2
Issue: 4
Start page: 355
End page: 377
Copyright (published version): 1999 Kluwer Academic Publishers
Keywords: Boards of directorsInterlocking directoratesInter-country comparisons
Subject LCSH: Boards of directors--Ireland
Interlocking directorates--Ireland
Corporate power--Ireland
Business networks--Ireland
DOI: 10.1023/A:1009972108819
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Business Research Collection
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