• Toward a peripheral view of manufacturing networks
  • Aversa, Paolo <1982>


  • SECS-P/08 Economia e gestione delle imprese


  • This doctoral thesis unfolds into a collection of three distinct articles that share an interest in supply firms, or “peripheral firms”. The three studies offer a novel theoretical perspective that I call the peripheral view of manufacturing networks. Building on the relational view literature, this new perspective identifies the supplier-based theoretical standpoint to analyze and explain the antecedents of relational rents in manufacturing networks. The first article, the namesake of the dissertation, is a theoretical contribution that explains the foundations of the “peripheral view of manufacturing networks”. The second article “Framing The Strategic Peripheries: A Novel Typology of Suppliers” is an empirical study with the aim to offer an interpretation of peripheries’ characteristics and dynamics. The third article, “What is Behind Absorptive Capacity? Dispelling the Opacity of R&D” presents an example of general theory development by using data from peripheral firms.


  • 2011-05-27


  • Doctoral Thesis
  • PeerReviewed


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Aversa, Paolo (2011) Toward a peripheral view of manufacturing networks, [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Direzione aziendale , 23 Ciclo. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsdottorato/3613.