What Influences Relationship Formation in a Global Civil Society Network? An Examination of Valued Multiplex Relations

Adam J. Saffer, Andrew Pilny, Erich J. Sommerfeldt

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

5 Scopus citations

Abstract

Recent interorganizational communication research has taken up the question: why are networks structured the way they are? This line of inquiry has advanced communication network research by helping explain how and why networks take on certain structures or why certain organizations become positioned advantageously (or not). Yet, those studies assume relationships among organizations are either present or absent. This study considers how the strength of ties and multiplex relationships among organizations may reveal a more complex explanation for why networks take on certain structures. Our results challenge some long held assumptions about the mechanisms that influence network formation. For instance, our results offer important insights into the consequences of closure mechanisms, the applicability of preferential attachment to real-world networks, and the nuances of homophily in network formation on multidimensional relationships in a communication network. Implications for interorganizational networks are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)703-732
Number of pages30
JournalCommunication Research
Volume49
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2022

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s) 2021.

Keywords

  • civil society
  • interorganizational networks
  • interorganizational relationships
  • valued exponential random graph models (VERGM)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'What Influences Relationship Formation in a Global Civil Society Network? An Examination of Valued Multiplex Relations'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this