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Interlocking Directorate Networks

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7163-9_274-1


Board interlocks; Corporate elite; Interlocking directorate network; Old boys network; Power elite


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


An interlocking directorate is a link between two organizations that emerges when at least one person is a member of both organizations’ board of directors simultaneously. The cumulative set of interlocking directorates together forms an interlocking directorate network. These networks are analyzed from a variety of perspectives with a variety of tools. They are often seen as an expression of concentration of corporate power and are studied on a national and a global level.


Since the emergence of...


Social Network Analysis Directorate Network Individual Director Corporate Board Corporate Governance Practice 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Economics and BusinessUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands