English East India Company

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      EMILY ERIKSON: So my most recent sortof major work on a social networks toolwas a book that I published in 2014, Between Monopoly and FreeTrade.And that was about the English East India Company--the English East India Company, their useof informal social networks and then also the network structureof their trade and how these networks had

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      EMILY ERIKSON [continued]: a really significant impact on the development of the companyand the development of the company's trade over time,which, in the end, because of the historical context,it oversees trade between Britain and Asiain the 17th and 18th centuries.It ended up changing the structure

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      EMILY ERIKSON [continued]: of not just global commerce-- right, the global economy-- italso changed the structure of the world political hedgemoney, because the British were ledby the success of their trade in the areato establish the beginning of their empire in Asia.

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      EMILY ERIKSON [continued]: So what's interesting about this research, whereI gathered all of this data on the paths of the shipsbetween these different ports in order to analyzethe structure of trade.And then also, I looked at the interaction between captainsat the port and when they transmitted informationabout other ports to the captains that were engaged

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      EMILY ERIKSON [continued]: in the trade, expanding the scope of the tradeoverall and increasing the flexibility of the company,their ability to adapt to rapidly fluctuatinglocal market conditions.So it created this huge competitive advantage.The social networks created this huge competitive advantagefor the company.

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      EMILY ERIKSON [continued]: That led essentially to the foundationof the British empire.So it is really, I think, interesting casebecause what you can see is the relationshipof these very small micro interactions and verylarge global outcomes.And I think that if anything, I hope

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      EMILY ERIKSON [continued]: it encourages other people to think a lot about how this verymicro-level patterns of interactionhave a huge impact on very large structural outcomes.And also that we can study that.We can do it.It is possible.

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      EMILY ERIKSON [continued]: We don't just have to think about macro-historical forces.We can actually link small, very small patterns of interactionsto larger historical process.

English East India Company

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Dr. Emily Erikson discusses her book, Between Monopoly and Free Trade, which explores the social networks of the English East India Company. Erikson examines how social interactions gave the company a competitive advantage and eventually led to the British Empire.

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English East India Company

Dr. Emily Erikson discusses her book, Between Monopoly and Free Trade, which explores the social networks of the English East India Company. Erikson examines how social interactions gave the company a competitive advantage and eventually led to the British Empire.

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