Ana Cláudia Azevedo
Doctorate – The Relevance of Network Management for Value Creation in Regional Strategic Networks
Advisor: Prof. Dr. João Maurício Gama Boaventura
Comission: Profs. Drs. Felipe Mendes Borini, Valmir Emil Hoffmann and Aurora Carneiro Zen
Class: 217, FEA-5
Few scholars have understood how networks as a whole can be actively managed to achieve individual and collective goals and create value. In this context, the main objective of this thesis was to explain the direct and indirect influence of network management on the value created in regional strategic networks. To that end, after identifying, theoretically and empirically, the functions and activities characteristic of network management, we verified the direct and indirect influence of management on the value created, as well as the role of intermediary constructs in this process, which are Quality of Relationships and Exchange and Combination of Complementary Resources. Methodologically, a quantitative approach was adopted, using the method of surveying and applying a questionnaire to 126 companies belonging to three networks in the information and communication technology sector of the State of São Paulo. The hypothesized relationships were tested by structural equation modeling (PSL-SEM). In short, the results showed that network management has a direct influence on the value created (H1). In addition, the Exchange and Resource Combination plays a mediating role in the relationship between the two mentioned constructs (H3). The Quality of Relationships, in turn, does not mediate the relationship between management and value created (H2), but on the other hand, it has a positive impact on the Exchange and Combination of Complementary Resources (H4). Based on these results, the important role that management activities played in the value creation process was explained, explaining its direct and indirect relationship with the results generated within the regional strategic networks. Among the main contributions of the study are: (i) the definition of a conceptual model that explains the creation of value beyond the perspective of the diaphragm, extending the notion of value created at the level of the network as a whole; (ii) the presentation of a roadmap of activities that operationalize the management of the networks; (iii) the empirical analysis of the constructs related to the creation process and their interrelations providing a new interpretation for the determinants of value creation in networks. In sum, the main contribution of this study was to provide an explanatory model of the process of value creation in regional strategic networks, highlighting the importance of management for the same, and taking into account the call for studies that advance the understanding of the role of management over performance networks. In addition to advancing theoretical understanding, the proposed model provides a managerial orientation about the best practices for the management of regional networks aiming at the creation of value at the individual and collective levels.
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