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Linda D. Molm (b. 1948) is an American sociologist who has examined fundamental processes within social exchange relations. After receiving her BA in 1970 from the University of North Dakota, Molm completed her doctorate in sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1976. Her interest in social exchange theory first blossomed in the late 1970s. Since that time, she has engaged in three systematic research programs that have significantly increased our understanding of social exchange processes. Molm's systematic approach to the growth and testing of theory has resulted in the elaboration and proliferation of exchange theory. In particular, her theoretical contributions have focused on the power-dependence tradition within exchange theory. While each of Molm's three research programs has separately made contributions to ...

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