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《Arid Land Geography》 2008-02
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A social network analysis of the relations of resource-based industrial firms in Baiyin City:a mining city of China

LI Yong-jin1,CHEN Xing-peng2,CHEN Wen-jiang1(1 Institute for Sociology and demography,Lanzhou University,Lanzhou 730000,Gansu,China;2 College of Earth and Environmental Sciences,Lanzhou University,Lanzhou 730000,Gansu,China)  
"Social Network Analysis(SNA)" is an important discipline of sociology and a new method or technology aiming at social structure.It is appeared in 1930s and flourishing in recent two decades.SNA can be utilized to study the organizational relations of inter-firm networks effectively,so it can afford theoretical and practical guidelines to bring heterogeneous firms within inter-firm networks and the network itself into play.This paper studies the relations of final products and by-products waste of the major resource-based industrial firms in Baiyin City by utilizing SNA.The purpose of this study has two points,one is to disclose the fundamental characteristics of the inter-firm networks,that can help the firms get mutual benefits and symbiosis by utilizing the inter-firm networks to extend their knowledge foundations rather than by occasional contact,a short-term mechanism,to get competitiveness;another is to give a step stone for further studies about constructing inter-firm cooperative environmental management networks or even regional wider sustainability networks.In this paper,the boundary of inter-firm networks is defined by enterprises survey.The relations of the firms is expressed by adjacent matrix and figured by Netdraw.the software of UCINET 6.0 is utilized to analysis the characteristics of the whole inter-firm networks and that of the individuals of the networks.When studied the characteristics of the whole inter-firm networks,the selected indices include Density and Centralization.And when studied the characteristics of the individuals of the networks,the selected index is directional centrality,which includes Degree,Betweenness and Closeness ones,as the measurements of the degree of inequality in actors' influences,actors' power of controlling others and actors' power of escaping from others' control separately.The results indicate that the relations of resource-based industrial firms in Baiyin City are somewhat tight,and the main type is relations of individuals' final products,the firms within the region highly depend on the firms out of the region,which are in an important position within the inter-firm networks.
【Fund】: 国家社会科学基金项目(06BSH001)
【CateGory Index】: F279.27;F224
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