Process Research In Business Networks - An Event-Based Method For Qualitative Analysis
The purpose of the paper is to propose an event-based method for qualitative process analysis in business networks. Innovative methods that comply with the concept and phenomenon of inter-firm networks are urgently needed to create understanding of networks as processes. The paper develops an inductive, sensemaking approach to the paper of process using the event concept as the key analytical device. A longitudinal case study on an internationalization process in a network context is presented and used as a laboratory for using and elaborating the event-based method. On the basis of the paper findings, the authors put forward a number of methodological tools for conducting process analysis.