Malcolm Alexander, born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1947. Ph.D. from Mc Gill University, Montreal. Senior Lecturer in Comparative Sociology at Griffith University, Nathan.
Fellow (1 September 2000 – 30 June 2001)
My period at NIAS was a time of fruitful collaboration with colleagues from the Social Networks research group working on corporate power structure research and interlocking directorates. NIAS provided a unique opportunity for collaboration that allowed me to consolidate and focus my research agenda. My initial work focused on the methodological problems of manipulating and interpreting data on corporate elites and interlocking directorships. This effort produced a structure for a book on “An Introduction to Hypernetworks”. A first statement of this new approach to these issues was given in a paper on hypernetworks submitted to Social Networks. Later collaboration among the research group focused on the organisation of a NIAS conference, “Corporate Governance in a Globalising World: Changes in Structure and Strategy”, (April 2001). Work from the conference has now been organised as an edited volume, “Networks and Governance: The Organization of Corporate Power in a Globalising World”. As editor of the volume I have the initial responsibility for the opening and concluding chapters. In collaboration with colleagues from the research group I am also writing three of the substantive chapters.