“Escaping the Survival Trap: Collaboration Networks and Artistic Careers of Freelance Songwriters in the K-Pop Industry” by Dr. Yonghoon G. Lee
Management and Strategy Seminar
Dr. Yonghoon G. Lee
Assistant Professor in Management
Department of Management
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
This paper builds on existing research linking network closure to survival and network brokerage to success and investigates how artists transition between these two network structures. We find that artists who are more likely to escape this implicit trade-off combine an initial attention to consolidating a core network of trusted parties with moderate broadening of their network to include new distant associates. The focus on network broadening increases with the relative deprivation artists experience through the success of their structurally equivalent associates, as well as with the extent to which their current network provides the necessary safety net to venture beyond the familiar neighborhood.