Social Network Analysis: Methods and Examples prepares social science students to conduct their own social network analysis (SNA) by covering basic methodological tools along with illustrative examples from various fields. This innovative book takes a conceptual rather than a mathematical approach as it discusses the connection between what SNA methods have to offer and how those methods are used in research design, data collection, and analysis. Four substantive applications chapters provide examples from politics, work and organizations, mental and physical health, and crime and terrorism studies.

Social Network Analysis of Work and Organizations
Learning Objectives
  • Explain when and why weak ties matter, as well as when and why strong ties help when people use social networks to look for jobs
  • Examine the differences between Chinese Guanxi interpersonal networks and Western interpersonal networks, and how such differences affect people’s use of personal networks to facilitate their job searches
  • Discuss the differences between social cohesive networks that exhibit social closure and social competitive networks that exhibit a structural hole
  • Demonstrate how social closure and structural holes facilitate career advancement for men and women differently
  • Appraise why and how informal networks such as advice-seeking and friendship networks among co-workers may have significant impact on an organization’s power structure
  • Describe the antecedent factors and consequences of inter-organizational interlocking and ...
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