Theoretical implications: towards an interdisciplinary network theory

  • Tim Weitzel
Part of the Information Age Economy book series (AGEECONOMY)


The analysis has shown some important properties of systems subject to network effects that make standardization problems challenging for traditionally established scholarly systems, especially neo-classical analysis as one of the quite few fully axiomatized theoretical systems in economics. Beneath the externality property, there are other shortcomings of the neo-classical framework when information and communication systems (and their contents like for example information products) are the basic unit of analysis. Hence, after identifying these drawbacks, a requirements catalogue for an interdisciplinary theory of network effects and a possible methodological approach is proposed.


Network Effect Micro Model Methodological Individualism Social Embeddedness Homo Oeconomicus 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tim Weitzel
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  1. 1.Institute of Information SystemsUniversity of FrankfurtFrankfurt (Main)Germany

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