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Networks, Fields and Organizations: Micro-Dynamics, Scale and Cohesive Embeddings

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Networks, Fields and Organizations: Micro-Dynamics, Scale and Cohesive Embeddings
Social action is situated in fields that are simultaneously composed of interpersonal ties and relations among organizations, which are both usefully characterized as social networks. We introduce a novel approach to distinguishing different network macro-structures in terms of cohesive subsets and their overlaps. We develop a vocabulary that relates different forms of network cohesion to field properties as opposed to organizational constraints on ties and structures. We illustrate differences in probabilistic attachment processes in network evolution that link on the one hand to organizational constraints versus field properties and to cohesive network topologies on the other. This allows us to identify a set of important new micro-macro linkages between local behavior in networks and global network properties. The analytic strategy thus puts in place a methodology for Predictive Social Cohesion theory to be developed and tested in the context of informal and formal organizations an...
Douglas R. White, Jason Owen-Smith, James Moody, W
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Type Journal
Year 2004
Where CMOT
Authors Douglas R. White, Jason Owen-Smith, James Moody, Walter W. Powell
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