In this book, leading methodologists address the issue of how effectively to apply the latest developments in social network analysis to behavioural and social science disciplines. Topics examined include: ways to specify the network contents to be studied; how to select the method for representing network structures; how social network analysis has been used to study interorganizational relations via the resource dependence model; how to use a contact matrix for studying the spread of disease in epidemiology; and how cohesion and structural equivalence network theories relate to studying social influence. The book also offers some statistical models for social support networks.
Chapter 8: Intraorganizational Networks: The Micro Side
Intraorganizational Networks: The Micro Side
Thirteen years ago Tichy (1981) suggested that organizational research incorporate a network perspective. There has been a great deal of research on interorganizational networks, but to date relatively little has been done in the area of organizational behavior (OB) (House & Singh, 1987; Ilgen & Klein, 1989; O'Reilly, 1991; Staw, 1984). No doubt this is because macroresearch has been done primarily by sociologists while micro-OB is typically the domain of psychologists, who have been slower to adopt a network perspective in field studies. Our purpose is to outline some traditional micro-OB questions and suggest how network analysis has been used and can be used to enlighten and enliven answers to them.
As a departure point, ...