Cooperation and competition dynamics of business networks are the focus of a 14 January research seminar by visiting academic Dr Sascha Albers, Professor of International Management at the University of Antwerp Management School in Belgium.
The seminar is hosted by Waikato Management School and will be held in room MSB.4.02, starting at 3pm.
Business networks are cooperative entities formed by more than two firms so as to generate competitive advantages for each member. They often operate in dynamic contexts, to which they need to adapt. Some of these dynamics result from other business networks’ actions of adaptation and strategic manoeuvring, constituting forms of competition between such networks.
Three specific forms of such competition exist: (1) competition in network formation, (2) competition in network composition, and (3) competition in network governance.
This seminar will explain each of these network competition forms, present exemplary research results for each and suggests implications for network and corporate management and research.
Dr Albers’ teaching, research, and consulting focuses on strategic management and inter-organisational design problems in international business contexts, particularly in the transportation industry.
He has worked with major organisations such as Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Telekom, DHL, DKV Mobility Services, Lufthansa, and Siemens on issues of strategy formulation, alliance governance and internationalisation strategy.
His research has been published in leading international management and logistics journals, such as the Journal of Management and the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management.
Professor Albers is a research fellow at the University of Cologne and has been a visiting lecturer at various business schools in the US, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.More information.