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Dear SOCNET members,

I am currently trying to locate work on social networks that is grounded in
organization theory. I searched the SOCNET archive and found Doug's request
from 2002 (see below). However, there weren't a lot of answers and only few
references were provided. Therefore, I wanted to pick this up again. Are you
aware of any literature other than the reference given below?

This is my best hit so far (Kilduff & Brass, 2010, p. 343):

"There have also been innovative syntheses between the organizational social
network research program and organization theories including contingency
theory (e.g., Barley, 1990; Hansen, 1999), resource-dependence ideas
concerning organizational reliance on a pattern of interconnectedness among
organizations (e.g., Powell et al., 1996), and population ecology ideas
concerning interactions within and among organizational populations (e.g.,
Baum & Singh, 1994)."

Regards from Germany,


On Tue, 5 Feb 2002 11:10:05 -0600, Doug and Beth Bryan
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>I'm new to the list.  I sent out a request last week regarding social nets
>and organizational theory.  Thanks much to Sam, Kathleen, and others for
>their responses.  However, please allow me to elaborate...
>I'm looking for SNA work that is based on organizational theory predictions
>of how the surrounding organization "should" behave.  For example, OT says
>that manufacturing firms should have taller hierarchies while
>knowledge-intensive firms should have wider hierarchies.  I'd like to take
>it to the point where OT can predict how much (relatively) marketing, R&amp;D,
>and production departments should be communicating with each other, the
>direction of the info flow between departments, etc.
>Does anyone know of such work?
>My 1/2-baked idea is toward an enterprise resource planning tool that
>monitors social nets (of individuals, teams, and departments), week by week
>in a way that is actionable by management.
>Doug Bryan
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