Network Dynamics: A Review and Research Agenda

Diego Stea, Dennis Helding

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There has been a tremendous increase in scholarly interest in the emergence, evolution, and change of organizational networks. This has led to key insights on the phenomenon, and to a clearer understanding of its uniqueness and importance. Yet, the rapid increase in the number of publications on network dynamics, the fact that longitudinal network data significantly differ both across and within levels of analysis, and the fact that network dynamics can be explained invoking different logics (e.g., agency, inertia, opportunity) which are differentially embedded in various disciplines (e.g., economics, sociology, strategy) have led to fragmentation in the existing literature, which is scattered across a wide range of scientific journals. This hampers cumulative knowledge growth and risks leading to a duplication of efforts. Drawing on 162 peer-reviewed articles, we systematically review and integrate research on network dynamics into a conceptual framework that allows us to identify persisting gaps in research and promising avenues for advancing our understanding of network dynamics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eightieth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
EditorsGuclu Atinc
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationBriarcliff Manor, NY
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication date2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2020: Broadening Our Sight - Virtual
Duration: 7 Aug 202011 Aug 2020
Conference number: 80


ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2020
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SeriesAcademy of Management Proceedings

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