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Title: Centrality and investment strategies at the beginning of industrialisation in mid-nineteenth-century Catalonia
Author: Badia Miró, Marc
Blasco Martel, Yolanda
Lozano, Sergi
Soler, Raimon
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Universitat Internacional de Catalunya
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Universitat de Barcelona
Keywords: social networks analysis
investment strategies
19th century
structural communities
Issue Date: 2-Jun-2010
Publisher: Business History
Citation: Badia Miró, M., Blasco Martel, Y., Lozano, S. & Soler, R. (2010). Centrality and investment strategies at the beginning of industrialisation in mid-nineteenth-century Catalonia. Business History, 52(3), 493-515. doi: 10.1080/00076791003722017
Project identifier: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/SEJ2005-02498 / ECON
info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/SEJ2005-02869 / ECON
info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/2005 SGR00854
info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/2009 SGR153
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Abstract: We apply social networks analysis to the study of an important database on investment and companies' share in Catalonia (Spain) of the 19th century. In contrast with most of the existing related literature, usually addressing power relationships across administration boards, we focus on the structure of interactions among individual investors and firms. Centrality analysis uncovers interesting roles played by certain economic sectors (e.g. textile and financial). Furthermore, the diverse composition (in terms of economic activity) of communities in the network (subgroups more densely connected internally than with the rest of the network) reveals a high investment diversification, which nicely agrees with a known characteristic of traditional Catalan business strategies.
Language: English
ISSN: 0007-6791MIAR
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