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ERIC Number: EJ928299
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 143
ISSN: ISSN-0360-3989
From Microactions to Macrostructure and Back: A Structurational Approach to the Evolution of Organizational Networks
Whitbred, Robert; Fonti, Fabio; Steglich, Christian; Contractor, Noshir
Human Communication Research, v37 n3 p404-433 Jul 2011
Structuration theory (ST) and network analysis are promising approaches for studying the emergence of communication networks. We offer a model that integrates the conceptual richness of structuration with the precision of relevant concepts and mechanisms offered from communication network research. We leverage methodological advancements (i.e., stochastic actor-oriented models) to test hypotheses deduced from ST using longitudinal communication network data collected over a two-year period. Results indicate that while structural rules external to a social network play a significant role, internal structural rules that emerge from the aggregate of individual actions during previous time periods also predict current structures, and that the reification influence of the latter is greater than that of the external factors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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