A Social Network Perspective on Organizational Psychology

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This paper applies a social network perspective to the study of organizational psychology. Complementing the traditional focus on individual attributes, the social network perspective focuses on the relationships among actors. The perspective assumes that actors (whether they be individuals, groups, or organizations) are embedded within a network of interrelationships with other actors. It is this intersection of relationships that defines an actor's position in the social structure, and provides opportunities and constraints on behavior. A brief introduction to social networks is provided, typical measures are described, and research focusing on the antecedents and consequences of networks is reviewed. The social network framework is applied to organizational behavior topics such as recruitment and selection, performance, power, justice, and leadership, with a focus on research results obtained and directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Organizational Psychology
ISBN (Electronic)9780199968824
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012

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© 2012 by Oxford University Press, Inc. All rights reserved.


  • Methodological issues
  • Organizational psychology
  • Social capital
  • Social network measures
  • Social networks
  • Structural holes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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