Social network research: Confusions, criticisms, and controversies

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Is social network analysis just measures and methods with no theory? We attempt to clarify some confusions, address some previous critiques and controversies surrounding the issues of structure, human agency, endogeneity, tie content, network change, and context, and add a few critiques of our own. We use these issues as an opportunity to discuss the fundamental characteristics of network theory and to provide our thoughts on opportunities for future research in social network analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Perspectives on Organizational Social Networks
Number of pages29
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
ISSN (Print)0733-558X


  • Agency
  • Endogeneity
  • Network dynamics
  • Network theory
  • Structure
  • Tie content

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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