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In addition to Petr's posting, Martin Van der Gaag and Tom Snijders did a
shorter paper comparing position, name and resource generators. It is soon
to be published in Nan Lin and Bonnie Erickson's "Social Capital: Advances
in Research". The manuscript is available at:
Dept. of Sociology
University of British Columbia
On 10/5/06 8:52 AM, "Shawn Neidorf" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> Good morning,
> I am looking for general advice and references regarding the benefits and
> drawbacks of name generators and position generators in the collection of
> network data. More specifically, I am looking to collect workers' network data
> at various points over the course of their careers; I am interested in the
> "quality" and "quantity" of their networks over time and the networks'
> relation to their career outcomes.
> I will ask questions directly about how the respondents got each job along
> their career path, but I also want to ask about people with whom respondents
> discussed career aspirations, frustrations, etc. Am I better off using a
> name-generating question or a position-generating question? Or both? Does one
> or the other work better when asking for retrospective network data?
> I have to allow for the possibility that some of the people with whom
> respondents discuss their careers may be in other businesses than the one in
> which the respondents work. But for the ones in the business, it would help to
> be able to assess each network member's relative power in the field.
> I have not come across any literature specifically addressing the pros and
> cons of name and position generators; if someone knows of any, I'd be please
> to learn of it. And if there are any "rules of thumb," I'd like to know those,
> Thanks much,
> Shawn Neidorf
> University of Illinois at Chicago
> Department of Sociology
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