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Multilevel social spaces: The network dynamics of organizational fields

Multilevel social spaces: The network dynamics of organizational fields

Hollway, James, Lomi, Alessandro, Pallotti, Francesca and Stadtfeld, Christoph (2017) Multilevel social spaces: The network dynamics of organizational fields. Network Science, 5 (02). pp. 187-212. ISSN 2050-1242 (Print), 2050-1250 (Online) (doi:

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In this paper, we seek to advance an updated concept of social space that integrates the multilayer and dynamic statistical network methods currently at the disposal of social network researchers. We demonstrate the analytic value of the new concept of social space that we propose with the help of an illustrative analysis of an organizational field involving organizations' external and internal decisions that congeal into a multilevel system of action that shapes the space of possibilities for other participants in the field. Through these internal and external decisions, organizations seek certain positions in their social space while simultaneously modifying that social space over time. We conclude by arguing that network researchers' choices of goodness-of-fit statistics should reflect a consideration about the dimensions of social space of most interest to the nodes involved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Affiliation network, Collaboration, Competition, Goodness-of-fit, Interorganizational network, Multilevel network, Multilevel triad census, Organizational change, Organizational fields, Social space
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC) > Centre for Business Network Analysis (CBNA)
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2018 15:20

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