The evolution and transformation of networks: a study of private health insurance in Ireland

McCarthy, Breda (2008) The evolution and transformation of networks: a study of private health insurance in Ireland. Irish Journal of Management, 29 (1). pp. 87-112.

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Abstract

The focus of this research is the process of network evolution and transformation in health insurance. It uses network theory to express the dynamics of change in the private health insurance market and it emphasises the structural features of density and sparseness, as well as relational features of strength and weakness of the ties. The study found that the network was characterised by high centrality, high density and weak ties, and cost efficiency was a key outcome. The study concludes that there needs to be an optimal portfolio of both strong and weak ties, in that together they enable information exchange, knowledge-building and innovation.

Item ID: 6493
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: private health insurance; weale ties; strong ties; networks
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ISSN: 1649-248X
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2010 02:31
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1599 Other Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910402 Management @ 100%
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