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Thank you, Gad Yair, for your interesting comment on multiplexity.
I started a qualitative network-analysis project within an organizational
setting. My first results underline the oscillation of informal,
hierarchical and formal codes. Depending on the social (network) skills of
the actors and their individual orientations as well as experiences on the
one hand and on the other hand the structures of the networks and the
context, different types of interactions can be distinguished.
Therefore I would be strongly interested in getting the mentioned article
from Reuven Kahabe and/or further information about the impact of informal
networks on both organizational and individual level. Thank you, Caroline
Haythornthwaite, for your articles!
I’ve got another question: My starting-point is the informal ego centred
network of the actors in the organization. In this context I wonder if
projects in work-teams with given targets – even if the way to achieve the
goal is to be chosen by the team-members – can be seen as belonging to the
informal network as the group is a given structure by the institution?
I suggest taking only the contacts (chosen members) of the working-groups,
when mentioned in the interview, not the group as such.
Thank you in advance!
And as this year passes by, I would like to thank all of you, Socneters!
What a wonderful opportunity to have this network which enriches my work
extremely! So a wonderful Christmas to everybody out there, even if you do
not have this day! For 2005 lets continue with this wonderful rich network!
(I would be pleased to find more studies on the qualitative level).
Henrike v. Fellberg
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