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Mobilizing ideas in knowledge networks:a social network analysis of the human resource management community 1990-2005

Henneberg, Stephan C. and Swart, Juani and Naudé, Peter and Jiang, Zhizhong and Mouzas, Stefanos (2009) Mobilizing ideas in knowledge networks:a social network analysis of the human resource management community 1990-2005. The Learning Organization, 16 (6). pp. 443-459. ISSN 0969-6474

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to show the role of social networks in mobilizing how actors both impact and are impacted on by their colleagues. It seeks to compare the human resource management (HRM) academic community with two other comparable communities, and to identify those groups that are seen to work closely together. Design/methodology/approach – It is shown how social network analysis (SNA) can be utilized to analyse data in social networks, shedding light on the cliques and networks of people that work together over a period of time. This is based on an analysis of co-authored papers in the field of HRM between 1990 and 2005. Findings – It is shown how the HRM community has developed over time utilizing various SNA metrics and this community of scholars is shown to be less “dense” than comparable academic networks, being made up of several weakly-linked subcomponents. The paper also identifies the “ego-nets” of individuals that are indicative of different publishing strategies. Originality/value – The paper's contribution lies in the application of SNA to identify how groups interact over time, and how a large network can be systematically analysed to reveal the underlying structure.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: The Learning Organization
Uncontrolled Keywords: human resource management ; Knowledge management ; social networks
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Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Marketing
ID Code: 45310
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 19:30
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2013 10:27
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/45310

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