Market niche

Ronald S. Burt, Ilan Talmud

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Our purpose in this note is to make explicit how two lines of work in sociology - the population ecology of organizations and the structural hole theory behind network studies of markets - are based on the same unit of analysis. The unit is a set of structurally equivalent producers; termed a niche in population ecology and a market in structural hole theory. Making the market niche analogy explicit puts a bridge in place for what we believe and begin to explain here, should be productive exchange between the two lines of work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-149
Number of pages17
JournalSocial Networks
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Psychology


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