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SOCIAL NETWORKS OF PEOPLE IN ORGANIZATIONS. DISCUSSION. “ Economic and organizational sociologists have increasingly demonstrated that the actions of individuals and firms are affected by the social networks within which they are embedded” - Mizruchi, Stearns, and Marquis (2006).

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discussion
DISCUSSION

“Economic and organizational sociologists have increasingly demonstrated that the actions of individuals and firms are affected by the social networks within which they are embedded” - Mizruchi, Stearns, and Marquis (2006)

“‘ Economic action can be fully understood only by an examination of the social relation within which actors are embedded’ has become a widely accepted staple of sociological thought” - Granovetter (1985)

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DISCUSSION

What are the most important ways in which intra-organizational networks can affect firm performance?

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DISCUSSION

Intra-organizational Networks

Firm Performance

firm performance
FIRM PERFORMANCE

Degrees of Certainty

Innovation

Loyalty

Work Attitudes

Retention

Organizational Commitment

Job Satisfaction

Information Sharing

Motivation

efficiency
EFFICIENCY
  • Approval Networks
    • For support
  • Information Networks
    • For knowledge
turnover absenteeism
TURNOVER & ABSENTEEISM
  • Consideration – Friendship Ties
  • A Micro Perspective – Positive/Negative
motivation work attitude
MOTIVATION & WORK ATTITUDE
  • Equity Theory (Stacy Adams, 1965)
    • Comparison with others
  • Strong Ties
  • Similarity in Roles or Status