The integration of psychological and network perspectives in organizational scholarship

Tiziana Casciaro, Sigal G. Barsade, Amy C. Edmondson, Cristina B. Gibson, David Krackhardt, Giuseppe (Joe) Labianca

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Abstract

Although multiple disciplines have been applied to the study of organizations, organizational research is rarely interdisciplinary in the sense of two or more disciplines being linked in the joint analysis of organizational phenomena. The articles in this special issue illustrate the kinds of insights that can be gained by moving from a purely disciplinary perspective on organizational behavior to an interdisciplinary perspective that considers network phenomena and psychological phenomena as intertwined in organizational life. The advances of this special forum notwithstanding, large swaths of network-psychological integration are still largely unexplored in organizational research. We highlight a subset of particularly promising avenues for further interdisciplinary exploration. We also observe that the two research programs have developed into distinct paradigms, making interdisciplinary discourse challenging, and offer suggestions toward a greater integration and collaboration across the two research communities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1162-1176
Number of pages15
JournalOrganization Science
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
All authors after the first are listed alphabetically and contributed equally. D. Krackhardt's contribution to this work is supported in part by the Singapore National Research Foundation under its International Research Centre@Singapore Funding Initiative. A. C. Edmondson's work is supported by the Division of Research at Harvard Business School. T. Casciaro gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Rotman School of Management of the University of Toronto.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 INFORMS.

Keywords

  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Networks
  • Organizations
  • Psychological processes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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