Studying Diversity with Social Network Analysis

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Abstract

In this chapter, we argue that social network analysis (SNA), a method based on graph theory and statistical techniques, can help move the field of diversity research forward. We provide the reader with an introduction to the origins of the method, its key assumptions and essential terms, and connect these to diversity scholarship that has used SNA. To illustrate our argument and demonstrate possible applications of SNA and how it could contribute to diversity scholarship, we develop a practical example of gender in Denmark’s power elite. We conclude with a discussion of how we further envision the use of SNA in different methodological and epistemological traditions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Organizational Diversity Research Methods
EditorsSine Nørholm Just, Annette Risberg, Florence Villesèche
Number of pages14
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
Publication date2020
Pages228-241
Chapter18
ISBN (Print)9780367211486
ISBN (Electronic)9780429265716
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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Villeséche, F., Ellersgaard, C. H., & Grau Larsen, A. (2020). Studying Diversity with Social Network Analysis. In S. N. Just, A. Risberg, & F. Villesèche (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Organizational Diversity Research Methods (pp. 228-241). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429265716-22