UCL School of Management

Research seminar

Divide et Impera (Divide and Conquer): Brokerage Dynamics and Dependence Asymmetry


Yonghoon Lee, INSEAD Singapore


Wednesday, 26 November 2014
11:00 – 12:30
G21a Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Despite the advantages of occupying brokerage positions in a collaboration network, such positions are considered to be ephemeral and unstable. Drawing on resource-dependence theory, I argue that the maintenance of a brokerage position is enhanced by the dependence asymmetry between the broker and the brokered alters. I test this idea on collaboration networks of creative artists in writing new and original songs for the Korean popular music (K-pop) industry where those who perform multiple roles possess more resources to share with others. From analyzing the drivers of bridge maintenance and of network closure, I find that brokerage positions occupied by multirole actors are more likely to be maintained, especially when brokered alters are single-role actors. In additional analyses, I find further support that the dependence asymmetry between the broker and brokered alters is responsible for the maintenance of brokerage positions.

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Executive Education: Project Management
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