Exploring the social ledger: Negative relationships and negative asymmetry in social networks in organizations

Giuseppe Labianca, Daniel J. Brass

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Abstract

We explore the role of negative relationships in the context of social networks in work organizations. Whereas network researchers have emphasized the benefits and opportunities derived from positive interpersonal relationships, we examine the social liabilities that can result from negative relationships in order to flesh out the entire "social ledger." Deriving our argument from theory and research on negative asymmetry, we propose that these negative relationships may have greater power than positive relationships to explain workplace outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)596-614
Number of pages19
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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