This study examines how establishing early centrality in company networks may predict later performance. Using a simulation, we show that there are strategies that correlate with eventual centrality and profit, and other strategies that correlate with isolation and poor performance. The paper also defines a way of classifying centrality trajectories in social networks, providing a method that can be used more generally to predict network change over time.
Ben-Zvi, Tal, "Network Structure and Centrallity: A Simualtion Experiment" (2009). ICIS 2009 Proceedings. Paper 155.