Interlocking Directorates and Elite Networks
Julian Cardenas (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany / University of Antioquia, Colombia) & Josep A. Rodríguez (Universitat de Barcelona)
Since more than a century, researchers have analyzed interlocking directorates – connections between corporations created by directors who are members of two or more boards. At the present day interlocking directorates is still a hot topic: an increasing number of publications in top journals analyzing the configuration, causes and consequences of corporate interlock networks; sessions in the major conferences; topic of interest in sociology, history, anthropology, geography, finance, management and more disciplines; new countries analyzed; innovative methods applied; fresh data on non-corporate affiliations, personal attributes and evolution. Networks of interlocking directorates reflect more than a business elite structure; it is an open window to better understand how elites build societies and influence politics, social organizations, transnational spaces and future scenarios. This session welcomes empirical studies on interlocking directorates and elite networks, especially applying new approaches, using fresh data and bringing to light unknown findings.