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The Structural Holes of the Closest Partner and the Evolution of Focal Unit's Centrality

Published on Jan 1, 2016
· DOI :10.5465/ambpp.2016.14823abstract
Yusi Jiang , Arie Y. Lewin38
Estimated H-index: 38
(Duke University),
Haifeng Wang (SJTU: Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
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Abstract
Adding to existing studies on social network research, which focuses on the effects of a focal unit's structural attributes on the evolution of its network, this study theoretically emphasizes and empirically examines the effects of the closest partner’s structural attributes in intra- and inter-organizational networks on the evolution of the focal unit’s centrality in an intra-organizational network. By testing the effects of the closest partners’ structural holes in intra- and inter- organizational networks on the evolution of the focal unit’s centrality, we find that the closest partners’ structural holes in intra- organizational networks negatively affect the evolution of the centrality of the focal unit while the closest partners’ structural holes in an inter-organizational network positively affect the evolution of the centrality of the focal unit.
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