Small‐World Networks and Management Science Research: A Review

15 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2011

Date Written: Summer 2007

Abstract

This paper reviews the literature on small‐world networks in social science and management. This relatively new area of research represents an unusual level of cross‐disciplinary research within social science and between social science and the physical sciences. We review the findings of this emerging area with an eye to describing the underlying theory of small worlds, the technical apparatus, promising facts, and unsettled issues for future research.

Keywords: networks, complexity, organizations

Suggested Citation

Uzzi, Brian and Amaral, Luis A. N. and Reed-Tsochas, Felix, Small‐World Networks and Management Science Research: A Review (Summer 2007). European Management Review, Vol. 4, Issue 2, pp. 77-91, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1947723 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.emr.1500078

Brian Uzzi

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management ( email )

2001 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

Luis A. N. Amaral

Northwestern University

2001 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

Felix Reed-Tsochas

University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

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Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain

HOME PAGE: http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/community/people/felix-reed-tsochas

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