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Structural Holes

The Social Structure of Competition

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$37.00 • £29.95 • €33.50

ISBN 9780674843714

Publication Date: 08/11/1995


324 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

63 line illustrations, 16 tables


  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Social Structure of Competition
    • Opportunity and Capital
    • Information
    • Structural Holes
    • Control and the Tertius Gaudens
    • Entrepreneurs
    • Secondary Holes
    • Structural Autonomy
    • Summary
  • 2. Formalizing the Argument
    • Network Data
    • Redundancy
    • Constraint
    • Hole Signature
    • Structural Autonomy
    • Summary
  • 3. Turning a Profit
    • Product Networks and Market Profit
    • The Study Population
    • Hole Effects
    • Market Hole Signatures
    • Summary
    • Appendix: Weighing Alternatives
  • 4. Getting Ahead
    • Contact Networks and Manager Achievement
    • The Study Population
    • Hole Effects
    • Hierarchy
    • Institutional Holes
    • Selecting a Network
    • Summary
    • Appendix A: Weighing Alternatives
    • Appendix B: Causal Order
  • 5. Player–Structure Duality
    • Structural Unit of Analysis
    • Players and Structures
    • Escape from Attributes
    • No Escape
    • Summary
  • 6. Commit and Survive
    • Holes and Heterogeneity
    • Interface and the Commit Hypothesis
    • Population Ecology and the Survival Hypothesis
    • Summary
  • 7. Strategic Embedding and Institutional Residue
    • The Other Tertius
    • Strategy Hypothesis
    • Formal Organization as Social Residue
    • Personality as Emotional Residue
    • Summary
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index

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