Social Network Research in Organizational Contexts: A Systematic Review of Methodological Issues and Choices

Mason A. Carpenter, Mingxiang Li, Han Jiang

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

109 Scopus citations

Abstract

A large body of research has examined social networks in organizational contexts. While this work has enhanced scholars' understanding of the antecedents and consequences of networks, missing from this literature is a comprehensive framework that simplifies and clarifies this complex body of work. In response, the authors develop a framework that classifies network research into four major categories, with the purpose of guiding scholars' choices among the various theories, constructs, measures, research designs, and analytic strategies inherent in the social network literature. The authors also provide recommendations for future work aimed at advancing the state of network research in organizational contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1328-1361
Number of pages34
JournalJournal of Management
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • network methodology
  • network research in organizational contexts
  • social networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Strategy and Management

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Social Network Research in Organizational Contexts: A Systematic Review of Methodological Issues and Choices'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this