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Business Networks Reloaded

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Edited by: Peter Krebs, Stefanie Jung, Gunther Teubner

ISBN13: 9781472470928
Published: July 2015
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Business networks are an important economic phenomenon of increasing practical importance throughout Europe. This volume examines business networks from an interdisciplinary perspective, with many contributions dealing with a certain form of business network, the so-called cooperative or non-hierarchical. With regard to this specific form of cooperation the volume presents new economic findings, proposes a definition and discusses the governance structure of those networks. Moreover, this book analyses if those research results can also be applied to hierarchical, centralized business networks. With medium-sized companies and all the more with large companies, business networks also pose the question of the compatibility with anti-trust law.

This collection dedicates three contributions to this important question. They are complemented by chapters on liability of the network and its members towards third parties and contributions discussing duties of loyalty and the interpretation of agreements. Drawing on new research from Italy, Spain, Germany and Norway, this work illustrates the European legal perspective on business networks.

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Competition Law
Introductory remarks on the phenomenon of business networks and on this volume, Stefanie Jung and Peter Krebs
Cooperation gains from network goods, Johannes Glückler and Ingmar Hammer
Company networks reloaded - putting a general functional approach to defining complex problems to the test, Peter Krebs, Katja Aedtner and Marion Schultes
The modular system of network activities, Peter Krebs, Stefanie Jung, Katja Aedtner and Marion Schultes
Governance structures in business networks, Peter Krebs and Stefanie Jung
Network-like organisations: on their distinction and meaning exemplified by the co-operation in construction, Katja Aedtner
Company networks and the dichotomy and statics of competition law - a combined dynamic control of conduct and structure as a solution approach, Marion Schultes
Economic analysis of value-added networks: a holistic approach to the competitive effects of vertical agreements, Jonatan Prosenjak
Company networks in the light of European market power, Hermann Dück, Alexander Eufinger and Marion Schultes
The scope of loyalty duties in dynamic networks, Emily M. Weitzenboeck
A frame for business networks governance, Carlos Gómez Asensio
Contractual business networks: interpretation criteria and axiological perspective, Camilla Crea
Virtual corporations: liability problems in one- and multi-level networks, Katja Aedtner and Gunther Teubner
Interface-liability. Tortious joint liability towards third parties of network-like cooperating companies, and at the same time a contribution to liability in cases of multi-causation, Maximilian Becker.