Book | Social Networks and Organizations by Martin Kilduff and Wenpin Tsai

51Oeh96Ee9L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_Kilduff, Martin, and Wenpin Tsai. Social Networks and Organizations. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2003.

The Authors


Martin Kilduff


Wenpin Tsai


“According to the social network perspective we have elaborated in this book, the complexity of organizational systems inheres not in rationally-planned structures but in fluid participations and understandings between actors. Identities are preserved within well-understood boundaries around elements that appear and disappear over time as self-determining actors connect around tasks and within contexts that are rich with meaning. Research that captures the often-fleeting networks of meaning creation is likely to draw upon a variety of intellectual traditions. Thus, we offer this book in the hope that it will inspire cross-disciplinary work and more enriching conversations between everyone interested in the social world, and in the practice of research. In our view, the study of social networks in and between organizations encompasses just about everything that is of interest concerning human behavior in such settings. Human beings are by their very nature gregarious creatures, for whom relationships are defining elements of their identities and creativeness. The study of such relationships is therefore the study of human nature itself.”⁠1



1 {Kilduff, 2003 #115@131}

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