Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

2014 Edition
| Editors: Reda Alhajj, Jon Rokne

Interlocking Directorate Networks

  • van Kees Veen
  • Eelke M. Heemskerk
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6170-8_274



Interlocking Directorate

A link between two organizations that emerges when at least one person is a member of both organizations' board of directors simultaneously

Interlocking Directorate Network

The cumulative set of interlocking directorates that together form a network of linkages between a set of boards of directors


Social Network Analysis



Since the emergence of the modern corporation in the nineteenth century, managerial power has been in the hands of a relatively small group of people, often referred to as the business elite. Within this group, a substantial number of individuals sit on the board of directors of multiple companies. By combining multiple board positions, these individuals create “interlocking directorates” between companies. As a result, they can – potentially – coordinate management decisions, share information and practices, and enforce norms in...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • van Kees Veen
    • 1
  • Eelke M. Heemskerk
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Economics and Business, University of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Political Science, University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands