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Social Exchange in Networks and Groups

Research on social exchange in networks and groups is primarily concerned with the more or less enduring relationships that develop over time. The research has been concerned with interactions, both within and between groups and networks, in which individuals attempt to obtain the resources or benefits they desire. One of the major concerns has been how the connections between individuals influence their likelihood of obtaining the resources they desire, and as a result, how interactions can then reshape the connections between individuals in networks and groups.

History and Background

The exchange perspective on networks and groups has origins in several disciplines, including psychology, sociology, anthropology, and economics. There were two major influences from the field of psychology. First is the work by John Thibaut and Harold Kelley, ...

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