The institutional antecedent to firms’ interorganizational network portfolios: Evidence from China

Jiawei Sophia Fu, Yiqi Li

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Although the amount of research on interorganizational networks has increased significantly in recent years, few studies have examined the antecedents to interorganizational network portfolios—organizations’ configuration of their relationship networks with other organizations. To address this gap, this study examines how firms’ interorganizational network portfolios vary across three types of ownership structures (i.e., state-owned, private, and multinational enterprises) in China. Cluster analysis of the data on 212 leading firms operating in China revealed two types of network portfolios firms maintain. Specifically, firms maintaining robust cross-sector portfolios had more extensive networks with organizations in the nonprofit and public sectors than firms maintaining limited cross-sector portfolios. Moreover, regression results suggested that firms across different ownership structures had distinct numbers and types of organizational partners, particularly nongovernmental organization (NGO) partners. Theoretical and practical implications are derived from the findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101776
JournalPublic Relations Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Cross-sector partnership
  • Interorganizational network
  • Networked relationship management
  • Ownership structure
  • Relationship building
  • Relationship management
  • Social network
  • Strategic issues management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Marketing


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