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2018

Business Organizations Law

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Can Restitution Save Fragile Spiderless Networks?, Ariel Porat, Robert E. Scott Jan 2018

Can Restitution Save Fragile Spiderless Networks?, Ariel Porat, Robert E. Scott

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This Article examines the dramatic increase in business networks in recent decades and considers whether the law can play a useful role in supporting the efficient functioning of these inter-firm relationships for coordination and cooperation. Repeat play, reputational sanctions, and norms of trust and reciprocity are the common explanations for the flourishing of networks in many industries and places. But the evidence also shows that a certain class of networks often fails to survive or function effectively and beneficial cooperation among these network members is impaired. These fragile networks develop organically without a controlling party or hierarchy at the center ...