Chapter 4

Social Networks and Collaboration

Chapters 2 and 3 helped you to understand the role of individuals in social networks. That is, social networks are the structures of relationships among people. I asked you to think about your social network and the social networks (personal and professional) of others. A social network would not exist without its individual components, the individuals of which it is comprised. This chapter shifts gears to look at the social network as the level of analysis—that is, social networks as a critical vehicle for productive collaboration. This shift is important because the key benefit of social networks, social capital, and collaborative outcomes are not owned by anyone in particular; therefore, an understanding ...

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