Markets as Governance Environments for Organizations at the Edge of Illegality: Insights From Social Network Analysis

Meltem Odabaş, Thomas J. Holt, Ronald L Breiger

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

In the past two decades, researchers have examined the practices of online forums operating markets for the sale of stolen credit card data. Participants cannot rely on traditional legal system regulations in the event of disputes between buyers and sellers. Thus, this analysis focuses on two forms of monitoring within these forums: one based on an emergent social network of transactions among community members (second-party monitoring) and the other consisting of regulatory (third-party) monitoring by forum administrators. Using social network analyses of a series of posts from a data market forum, the findings demonstrate that governance of these forums is enabled by their functioning as a particular kind of market that economists characterize as a platform, or two-sided market. Specifically, second- and third-party trust-creating mechanisms are vital in establishing sustainability in illicit markets by increasing perceived market trustworthiness, which in turn leads to increased market demand.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1267-1288
Number of pages22
JournalAmerican Behavioral Scientist
Volume61
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017

Keywords

  • formal and informal sectors
  • institutional arrangements
  • markets
  • organizations
  • reputation
  • social networks
  • trust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Markets as Governance Environments for Organizations at the Edge of Illegality: Insights From Social Network Analysis'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this