Track: Decision Analysis
Quantifying the Impact of Acquisitions and Partnerships in the Computing and Communications Industries Using Network Analysis
Tuesday, April 13, 3:35-4:15pm EDT
We present a network analysis of competitive positioning of collaborators and competitors in a dynamic ecosystem. Weighted networks are derived from a broad range of data sources (press releases, announcements) for the Edge Computing market where nodes represent companies and edges represent business relationships. The topology of the resulting association networks, via weighted centrality measures, provides a descriptive assessment of the complexity of the system. A new measure based on a company’s core competencies and its inter- actions locates its position along a continuum describing analytics, communication and computational expertise. Following mergers and acquisitions, these measures dynamically change. Illustrative mergers are evaluated by the changes of eigenvector centralities, similar to changes of page ranks. Agent based simulations are calibrated based on the historical data for mergers and acquisitions and for initiation or termination of partnerships. Subsequently they allow decision makers to proactively manage their company’s position in the dynamic ecosystem.