Network Structures

Network Structures focuses on the properties of the global network of ownership and control as a complex system. It applies complex social network analysis through the use of key concepts and methods in social network analysis, theoretical physics and modern mathematics (particularly graph theory and fractal geometry).

The ‘Network structures’ project is the first key step for the work of the entire group, it starts by enhancing and cleaning the data sourced from ORBIS. ORBIS contains comprehensive information on companies worldwide both listed and unlisted. The project creates a longitudinal dataset of the global corporate governance network, covering over 100 million firms, their directors, owners and shareholders. Understanding the properties and structure of the global network allows one to look for distinct subsets, communities and local properties.

The ‘Driving forces’ and ‘Re-concentration’ projects will use the outcomes of the community detection.