Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What is a Network

A concrete, measurable pattern of relationships among entities in a social space


Social networks among individuals: friendship, advice-seeking, romantic connections, acquaintanceship

“Formal,” contractual relationships among organizations: strategic alliances, buyer-supplier contracts, joint ventures etc.

“Informal” inter-organizational relationships flow through people: director interlocks, employee mobility, social networks that cross organizational boundaries

Affiliations, shared memberships that suggest connections: trade associations, committee memberships, co-authorships etc.

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