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International Workshop: Social Networks and Social Identity in
Call for Contributions
Faculty of Social Sciences
Department of Public Administration and Organization Sciences
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
June 25-26, 2007
The Department of Organization Science at the VU University of Amsterdam
is hosting a two-day workshop on research on the interplay between
social networks and identity theory and its (combined) influence on
organizational processes and outcomes.
Social network theory has shown to be a valuable theoretical framework
to study the influence of interpersonal and structural
intra-organizational processes. The growing literature on the network
paradigm in organizational research generally concludes that affective
and/or instrumental relations have many benefits such as trust building,
sharing of information, and joint problem solving. It has also became
clear that networks are not always beneficial and that participation in
networks can have unintended negative consequences. As particular
network ties may have detrimental effects on performance, (strategic)
choices have to be made which network ties to nurture and which to avoid
or not to develop further.
The most important challenge is therefore to determine which types of
relations are key to the understanding of individual and organizational
performance. This can only be done in combination with other promising
theoretical perspectives, such as social identity theory. New insights
from social identity theory are applied to understand work behavior.
However, the processes of formation and maintenance of focal identities
is dealt with mainly at the individual or collective level.
Consequently, little is known about how social identity processes affect
intra-group relations, or how common identities develop in work
This workshop will contribute to the above discussion by exploring new
perspectives on the question how, when, and under what conditions social
identity and social network explanations reinforce existing
understanding, contradict, or complement each other. In the program the
emphasis will be on work in progress both theoretical and empirical.
We aim to have a maximum of 25 participants. Based on the accepted
contributions we want to start a discussion on integrating and agenda
setting and so ample room for discussion is foreseen. The workshop will
also serve as a platform to discuss projects in the future. Well-known
researchers from the traditions mentioned above will react to and
reflect on ongoing discussions and provide feedback to participants:
Giuseppe (Joe) Labianca, Ajay Mehra, and Marshall Scott Poole. If you
are interested in participating, please send an abstract of your paper
of no more than 500 words by April 1st to Peter Groenewegen at
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Local Organizers: Peter Groenewegen, Dick de Gilder, Gerhard van de
Bunt, and Zuzana Sasovova.
Please let us know if you would like to receive additional information.
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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
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