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Communicating in a Collaborating Group: A Longitudinal Network Analysis

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Responding to rapid economic and technological change, escalating interdependence and the intensified competition associated with globalization, organizations are entering into multiple collaborative relationships across sectors and nations. These collaborations are more complex than typical organizational structures. Incorporating the bona fide group perspective and utilizing a longitudinal approach to network analysis (SIENA), this research examines the emergent task communication and resource dependency networks of two interorganizational engineering collaborations. The results provide general support for the hypothesized collaborative dynamics that distinguish collaborations from more traditional organizational forms. We identify specific exogenous variables (i.e., properties of the individuals and groups external to the network) and endogenous variables (i.e., properties of the internal group) that influence the structural formation of collaboration networks.

Keywords: Bona Fide Group; Collaboration; Interorganizational; Social Network Analysis

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: December 1, 2012


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