Quotidian routines: The cooperative practices of a business elite

Claire Wright, Simon Ville, David Merrett

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Abstract

Cooperative corporate behavior has often been explained through the social anatomy of business leaders and structural ties among firms. Our alternative approach investigates how quotidian interactions built trust and routines among a group of major firms in the Australian wool trade - a sector that required regular interaction to be effective. Deploying extensive archives of their meetings, we use social network analysis to examine interactions among the key group of firms and individuals. Through content analysis we infer the behavior and atmosphere of meetings. Finally, an evaluation of meeting agendas and outcomes demonstrates cooperation and a shared commitment to improving the operation of the wool trade in the 1920s.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)826-860
Number of pages35
JournalEnterprise and Society
Volume20
Issue number4
Early online date10 Jun 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

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