Testing multitheoretical, multilevel hypotheses about organizational networks: An analytic framework and empirical example

Noshir S. Contractor*, Stanley Wasserman, Katherine Faust

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Abstract

Network forms of organization, unlike hierarchies or marketplaces, are agile and are constantly adapting as new links are added and dysfunctional ones dropped. We review some of the theoretical and methodological accomplishments and challenges of contemporary research on organizational networks. We then offer an analytic framework that can be used to specify and statistically test simultaneously multilevel, multitheoretical hypotheses about the structural tendencies of organizational networks. We conclude with an empirical study illustrating some of the capabilities of this framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)681-703
Number of pages23
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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