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After some great advice from many of you on how to word some network
surveys, I am underway. I don't have a network expert on my committee, so
I am coming back to this (deep) well.
The research context: I am studying how network formation and knowledge
creation co-evolve in four companies of around 32 members. These companies
are formed by undergraduates as part of a management class. They go from
nothing to full operations (and usually generate 1-2k profit) in 15
weeks. They are very comparable because students or fairly randomly
distributed in companies and they are all in similar institutional
environments. I am planning on doing three rounds of networks surveys
asking about information flows, advice seeking, and friendship. At the
same time, I have a variety of qualitative data sources to identify and
track their progress in developing new ideas and then implementing those
ideas as various forms of collective action (routine sin Organizational
After Round 1, in which I was given 15 minutes in class to hand out surveys
and consent forms, I had the following response rates:
A 67.74% 21/31
B 51.61% 16/31
C 38.24% 13/34
D 64.52% 20/31
I am working with the professors of the class to figure out some ways to
Any ideas from you all?
Are there other ways to handle incomplete data? (I know there are some
references, but if there is anything creative that can be done while I am
collecting data, that will be helpful too).
What have others done?
Visiting Assistant Professor
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