Agency and Intentionality in Networking: An Interactive Experiment

Balint Dioszegi, Valentina Tartari, Daniella Laureiro-Martínez, Stefano Brusoni, Anne L. J. Ter Wal

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Abstract

Despite tremendous progress in network and social capital research over the past decades, the behavioral aspects of networking remain ill-understood. Research has tended to ignore how individuals balance intentional, high-agency networking actions and serendipitous, low-agency actions and how the mix between those two sets of behaviors may affect individual utility from networking. Whereas the emerging body of research on networking predominantly portrays individuals as highly instrumental and goal-directed in their networking, studies in the prevailing structuralist paradigm of social capital research emphasize network actions induced by prior social structure and environmental factors. In this study we aim to unite both perspectives, addressing how individuals balance intentional and serendipitous behaviors during networking. Using an interactive experiment in which we manipulate the extent of forethought exercised ahead of an information search task, we observe ? with the help of sociometric badges ? how planning and preparation shift the balance between ego- vs. alterinitiated actions, intentional vs. ad-hoc actions, and deliberate vs. emergent actions. Using a battery of psychological and cognitive measures as a backdrop, we assess how certain personality and cognitive characteristics enable individuals to adopt the balance in behaviors that helps them to successfully navigate social settings in search of information.
Despite tremendous progress in network and social capital research over the past decades, the behavioral aspects of networking remain ill-understood. Research has tended to ignore how individuals balance intentional, high-agency networking actions and serendipitous, low-agency actions and how the mix between those two sets of behaviors may affect individual utility from networking. Whereas the emerging body of research on networking predominantly portrays individuals as highly instrumental and goal-directed in their networking, studies in the prevailing structuralist paradigm of social capital research emphasize network actions induced by prior social structure and environmental factors. In this study we aim to unite both perspectives, addressing how individuals balance intentional and serendipitous behaviors during networking. Using an interactive experiment in which we manipulate the extent of forethought exercised ahead of an information search task, we observe ? with the help of sociometric badges ? how planning and preparation shift the balance between ego- vs. alterinitiated actions, intentional vs. ad-hoc actions, and deliberate vs. emergent actions. Using a battery of psychological and cognitive measures as a backdrop, we assess how certain personality and cognitive characteristics enable individuals to adopt the balance in behaviors that helps them to successfully navigate social settings in search of information.

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ConferenceDRUID19 Conference
Number41
LocationCopenhagen Business School
CountryDenmark
CityFrederiksberg
Period19/06/201921/06/2019
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Dioszegi, B., Tartari, V., Laureiro-Martínez, D., Brusoni, S., & Ter Wal, A. L. J. (2019). Agency and Intentionality in Networking: An Interactive Experiment. Paper presented at DRUID19 Conference, Frederiksberg, Denmark.
Dioszegi, Balint ; Tartari, Valentina ; Laureiro-Martínez, Daniella ; Brusoni, Stefano ; Ter Wal, Anne L. J./ Agency and Intentionality in Networking : An Interactive Experiment. Paper presented at DRUID19 Conference, Frederiksberg, Denmark.38 p.
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Agency and Intentionality in Networking : An Interactive Experiment. / Dioszegi, Balint; Tartari, Valentina; Laureiro-Martínez, Daniella; Brusoni, Stefano ; Ter Wal, Anne L. J.

2019. Paper presented at DRUID19 Conference, Frederiksberg, Denmark.

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