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Social Networks in the Information Economy
Social Sciences
Volume 8, Issue 2, April 2019, Pages: 62-66
Received: Feb. 21, 2019; Accepted: Apr. 1, 2019; Published: May 23, 2019
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Rafael Rey, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of the Republic, Uruguay
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In the present work we will analyze the role of the organizations of the information economy from the perspective of Manuel Castells, displaying a critical look around the concepts developed by the author. Although ideas such as the company network, the informational economy and the new organizational logic run through the work of Castells, it is in chapter 3 of Volume I, of his famous "The Information Age", where the theoretical bases are established and the most outstanding examples that would be corroborating the existence of a consistent renewed organizational culture, a correlate of the global informational economy. Castells believes that the idea of a network company represents the necessary innovative turn that business organizations had to adopt in order to face the challenges of competing within the framework of a new societal logic where the flow of information and the permanent transformation are the two key elements to consider. However, those who disagree with this approach argue that the informational economy and changes in the business model constitute a linear continuity of capitalist progress, trying to cover geographical areas with less development and achieve higher economic returns.
Social Networks, Informational Economy, Network Company, New Organizational Logic
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Rafael Rey, Social Networks in the Information Economy, Social Sciences. Vol. 8, No. 2, 2019, pp. 62-66. doi: 10.11648/
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