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Mapping networks: exploring the utility of social network analysis in management research and practice

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posted on 2017-05-08, 10:46 authored by Sinéad M. Monaghan, JONATHAN LAVELLEJONATHAN LAVELLE, Patrick Gunnigle
Although social network analysis (SNA) offers an increasingly insightful perspective on the relational and structural properties of organizational activity, discourse on how to manage and coordinate its application is relatively scarce. Aimed largely at an applied network analyst, this paper presents a greater understanding of how SNA has been previously discussed in management studies, what the main points are and where these issues can be addressed prior to and during the research process to ensure network data are efficiently managed, analyzed and interpreted. Engaging with several practical concerns associated with SNA – including network boundary specification, data reliability, context of inquiry and network visualizations – a viable framework is developed that is accessible to managers, consultants or researchers in facilitating the structuring, collection, handling and analysis of network data. The discussion illustrates the relevance of this perspective for both a practitioner and a theoretical audience.

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Journal of Business Research;76, pp. 136-144

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Elsevier

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peer-reviewed

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ERC, IRC

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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Business Research. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Business Research, 76, pp. 136-144, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2017.03.020

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English

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