***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/ ***** In his 1991 paper on exploration and exploitation in organizational learning, James G. March has elaborated a simple model of the development and diffusion of organizational knowledge. This is based on the idea that mutual learning can occur in organizations in such a way that individual beliefs are shaping the organizational code while at the same time the latter is adapting to the former. Although March assumes that individuals are updating their beliefs because of socialization into the organization, he tends to interpret these processes as the outcome of an "enlightnement" (or education) of individuals by their disciplinary subsumption into the "communal wisdom" of the overarching organizational code. However, such an interpretation appears to neglect the network effect by which individuals are shaping their beliefs through communication and interaction with each other (processes that at the very end might be simultaneously shaped by individual beliefs). Thus, it seems to me that a network-theoretical perspective (say the existence of a social influence network) could possibly ameliorate March's argument about the complexities of organizational learning. For instance, it might be reasonable to ask questions like this one: How does the trade-off between exploration and exploitation in adaptive processes depend on the type of the relational patterns which are structuring the social interactions among individuals (actors in this context)? This is why I would like to ask you whether you happen to know of any works extending March's model in the direction of taking into account the network effects in organizational learning by explicitly following the formal methodology of social networks? I would really appreciate receiving any tips that could help me understand the dynamics of adaptive processes like organizational learning unfolded on a social network. Best, --Moses M.A. Boudourides Associate Professor Department of Mathematics University of Patras 265 00 Rio-Patras Greece Tel.: +30-2610-996318 Fax: +30-2610-996318, +30-2610-992965 http://www.math.upatras.gr/~mboudour _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.