Conceptual Foundations of Multilevel Social Networks

The Handbook of Multilevel Theory, Measurement, and Analysis, S. E. Humphrey and J. M. LeBreton, 2019

21 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2019

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Srikanth Paruchuri

Pennsylvania State University, Mary Jean and Frank P. Smeal College of Business Administration, Students

Martin C. Goossen

Tilburg University

Corey C. Phelps

McGill University

Date Written: January 1, 2019

Abstract

Recognizing the multilevel nature of social networks and incorporating this perspective into our theorizing and analytics can help us in specifying and testing more accurate models and generate a better understanding of the integrated influence of social networks at different levels. Because organizational networks are a multilevel phenomenon and ignoring their multilevel nature presents important limitations to understanding them, they require a multilevel theory. This chapter addresses these limitations by drawing on and extending the nascent research on multilevel networks. It briefly introduces foundational social network concepts and then defines multilevel social networks, clarifying what constitutes multilevel social networks. The chapter then presents multilevel network constructs, with special emphasis on understanding constructs at higher levels than the individual. Next, it presents a framework of multilevel network models and explains how social networks at different levels influence one another, and how networks at different levels jointly influence other phenomena.

Keywords: social networks, multilevel analysis

Suggested Citation

Paruchuri, Srikanth and Goossen, Martin C. and Phelps, Corey C., Conceptual Foundations of Multilevel Social Networks (January 1, 2019). The Handbook of Multilevel Theory, Measurement, and Analysis, S. E. Humphrey and J. M. LeBreton, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3323503

Srikanth Paruchuri

Pennsylvania State University, Mary Jean and Frank P. Smeal College of Business Administration, Students ( email )

University Park, PA
United States

Martin C. Goossen

Tilburg University ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, DC Noord-Brabant 5000 LE
Netherlands

Corey C. Phelps (Contact Author)

McGill University ( email )

1001 Sherbrooke St. W
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1G5
Canada

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