UNDERSTANDING GROUPS FROMA NETWORK PERSPECTIVE
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON
There is a long-standing, albeit modest, tradition of applying network approaches to the study of groups starting with the launch of the Group Networks Laboratory at MIT shortly after World War II by Alex Bavelas. However, many group researchers, especially those not familiar with network research methods, are often frustrated and challenged by this methodological approach. Thus the goal of this chapter is to offer readers a pragmatic guidebook based on our experiences applying a social network approach to studying groups.
A fundamental commitment to incorporate relational and structural explanations along ...