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Social network analysis has been one of the fastest growing and most influential areas of recent times. Why has this happened? What are the key features of social network analysis?

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Political Dimensions of Corporate Connections

Political dimensions of corporate connections
MatthewBond and NicholasHarrigan


Social network analysis (SNA) is (1) a method for analysing the volume and patterns of social relations linking individual actors to each other and (2) a way of theorising social structure and its effects on behaviour. The analysis of corporate political activity, on the other hand, is part of the empirical examination of business politics. They are distinct intellectual endeavours; however, their paths have often crossed and led to mutually beneficial partnerships. Social network analysts have an opportunity to test the utility of their measures and theoretical predispositions in a substantive field of empirical research. Scholars of business politics have relied on SNA for a set of tools suited to the task of operationalising ...

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