S-Space College of Business Administration/Business School (경영대학/대학원) Dept. of Business Administration (경영학과) Seoul Journal of Business (SJB) Seoul Journal of Business Volume 13, Number 1/2 (2007)
Scale-free Networks in the Presence of Constraints: An Empirical Investigation of the Airline Route Network
- Issue Date
- Seoul Journal of Business, Vol.13 No.1, pp. 3-19
- Classifying the types of networks has been a focus of analysis in the
recent, small-world research. A unifying theory has been introduced to
provide an integrative perspective on the statistical properties of a
variety of real-world networks. This theory postulates that the existence
of constraints deters the emergence of a scale-free network. For
example, the theory argues that the constraints of airport capacity limit
the growth of air traffic, blocking the emergence of a scale-free network.
We challenge this argument by reexamining the context of the airline
industry. We empirically show that the U. S. airline route network is a
scale-free network despite the presence of capacity constraints. We
propose a new avenue for future research.