Production Networks

  • Robert P. GillesEmail author


This chapter introduces elements from network analysis to describe trade infrastructures through which the social division of labour is conducted. We consider connectivity properties and the description of how individual nodes can affect the trade flows in these networks. This leads to a theory of identification and measurement of the power of control in such trade networks. The notion of a critical node set captures these power structures in trade networks. We use these ideas and conceptions to describe production processes that are conducted in any social division of labour, leading to the notion of a production network. This chapter introduces a careful definition of these production networks and considers different topologies to represent different network-institutional production systems.


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  1. 1.Management SchoolQueen’s University BelfastBelfastUK

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