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Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

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Interlocking Directorate Networks

  • Kees van VeenAffiliated withFaculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen Email author 
  • , Eelke M. HeemskerkAffiliated withDepartment of Political Science, University of Amsterdam

Synonyms

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

Glossary

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

SNA:

Social network analysis

Definition

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.

Introduction

Since the emergence of the modern cor ...

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