Revista Internacional de Sociología, Vol 69, No 2 (2011)

La conceptualización de redes como ensamblajes. Estudio de un caso práctico en el sector cerámico español

Paul Haynes
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. INGENIO (CSIC-UPV), España


El concepto de redes sociales es muy influyente en la explicación de la interacción social en las organizaciones. Muchas de las características sociológicas de las organizaciones se explican también por las redes sociales, pero el concepto tiene limitaciones importantes. Algunas teorías de las redes están hechas de fragmentos de otras teorías, otras se basan en modelos que son esencialistas o reduccionistas. Otro problema es que las redes pueden describir las relaciones de los objetos, pero no los explican. En este artículo se describe el concepto de conjunto para resolver estos problemas. El concepto de “ensamblaje” ofrece una clara, aunque compleja, estructura para mostrar las dinámicas de las relaciones de los distintos elementos en las organizaciones. Basándose en ejemplos recientes en el área de la innovación y en el análisis de un caso práctico en el sector cerámico español, este artículo ilustra cómo el conceptualizar las relaciones entre diferentes redes en términos de su “ensamblaje” permite un marco teórico más robusto para la investigación de redes.

Palabras clave

Ensamblaje; Innovación; Redes Sociales

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