Social Network Analysis: Foundations and Frontiers on Advantage

Posted: 9 Jan 2013

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Ronald S. Burt

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business

Martin Kilduff

University College London, Department of Management Science and Innovation

Stefano Tasselli

University of Cambridge

Date Written: January 2013

Abstract

We provide an overview of social network analysis focusing on network advantage as a lens that touches on much of the area. For reasons of good data and abundant research, we draw heavily on studies of people in organizations. Advantage is traced to network structure as a proxy for the distribution of variably sticky information in a population. The network around a person indicates the person's access and control in the distribution. Advantage is a function of information breadth, timing, and arbitrage. Advantage is manifest in higher odds of proposing good ideas, more positive evaluations and recognition, higher compensation, and faster promotions. We discuss frontiers of advantage contingent on personality, cognition, embeddedness, and dynamics.

Suggested Citation

Burt, Ronald S. and Kilduff, Martin and Tasselli, Stefano, Social Network Analysis: Foundations and Frontiers on Advantage (January 2013). Annual Review of Psychology, Vol. 64, pp. 527-547, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2198248 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-psych-113011-143828

Ronald S. Burt (Contact Author)

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Martin Kilduff

University College London, Department of Management Science and Innovation ( email )

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Stefano Tasselli

University of Cambridge ( email )

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