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1st Edition

Social Networks at Work

ISBN 9781138572638
Published December 9, 2019 by Routledge
392 Pages

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Book Description

Social Networks at Work provides the latest thinking, from top-notch experts, on social networks as they apply to industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology. Each chapter provides an in-depth review along with discussions of future research and managerial implications of the social network perspective. Altogether, the volume illustrates the importance of adding a social capital perspective to the traditional human capital focus of I/O psychology.

The volume is organized into two groups of chapters: the first seven chapters focus on specific network concepts (such as centrality, affect, negative ties, multiplexity, cognition, and structural holes) applied across a variety of topics. The remaining eight chapters focus on common I/O topics (such as personality, creativity, turnover, careers, person–environment fit, employment, teams, and leadership) and examine each from a network perspective, applying a variety of network concepts to the topic.

This volume is suited for students and academics interested in applying a social network perspective to their work, as well as for practicing managers. Each topic area provides a useful review and guide for future research, as well as implications for managerial action.

Table of Contents

Contributors v

Series foreword

1 A Brief Primer on Social Network Analysis

Daniel J. Brass and Stephen P. Borgatti

2 Centrality: Concepts and Measures

Stephen P. Borgatti and Daniel J. Brass

3 Networks and Affect in the Workplace

Tiziana Casciaro

4 Negative Ties at Work

Seong Won Yang, Francisco Trincado, Giuseppe (Joe) Labianca, and Filip Agneessens

5 Multiplex Relationships in Organizations: Applying an Ambivalence Lens

Jessica R. Methot and Emily Rosado-Solomon

6 Network Cognition: Bridging Micro and Macro Organizational Behavior

Raina A. Brands, Tanya Menon, and Catherine Shea

7 Angry Entrepreneurs: A Note on Networks Prone to Character Assassination

Ronald S. Burt and Jar-Der Luo

8 Self-Monitoring: A Personality Theory for Network Research

Martin Kilduff and Claudia Buengeler

9 From Ugly Duckling to Swan: A Social Network Perspective on Novelty Recognition and Creativity

Jill Perry-Smith and Pier Vittorio Mannucci

10 Turnover and Social Networks

Gary Ballinger and Brooks Holtom

11 Social Networks and Careers

Sharique Hasan

12 Person–Environment Fit and Social Networks: A Social Resource Management Perspective on Organizational Entry

Scott M. Soltis

13 Networks for the Unemployed?

Brittany M. Bond and Roberto M. Fernandez

14 Network Thinking in Teams Research

Travis J. Grosser, Semin Park, John E. Mathieu, and

Adam A. Roebuck

15 A Social and Functional Perspective of Team Leadership Networks

Michael R. Kukenberger, Lauren D’Innocenzo, and Natalie J. Shin

16 Bridging Perspectives on Bridging: A Framework of Social Contexts that Integrates Structural and Cultural Bridging

Kirsten Schowalter, Amir Goldberg, and Sameer B. Srivastava


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Daniel J. Brass is J. Henning Hilliard Professor of Innovation Management and Director of the LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis in the Department of Management at the Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky, USA.

Stephen P. Borgatti is Paul Chellgren Endowed Chair of Management in the Department of Management at the Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky, USA.