The case for adopting blockmodeling in human resource management research: Examples in analyzing social networks and hrm systems

Cinthia B. Satornino, Patrick Doreian, Alexis M. Allen

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Abstract

Blockmodeling is viewed often as a data reduction method. However, this is a simplistic view of the class of methods designed to uncover social structures, identify subgroups, and reveal emergent roles. Worse, this view misses the richness of the method as a tool for uncovering novel human resource management (HRM) insights. Here, we provide a brief overview of some essentials of blockmodeling and discuss research questions that can be addressed using this approach in applied HRM settings. Finally, we offer an empirical example to illustrate blockmodeling and the types of information that can be gleaned from its implementation..

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-241
Number of pages27
JournalResearch in Personnel and Human Resources Management
Volume35
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Blockmodeling
  • Clustering; social network analysis
  • Human resources
  • Inter-organizational networks
  • Organizational structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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