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Advancing Network Dynamics Research PDW

  • 1.  Advancing Network Dynamics Research PDW

    Posted 07-29-2020 10:07

    We invite you to join us for the AoM PDW on "Advancing Network Dynamics Research: Theorizing and Measuring Network Change" 


    When: Monday, Aug 10 2020, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT.

    Format: Real-Time; presenters on live video, audience joining via chat


    There is no need to register for this workshop. If you are unable to join but have questions for discussion, please send them to julia.brennecke@liverpool.ac.uk.


    Confirmed participants:

    Distinguished speaker: Aks Zaheer (University of Minnesota, USA)

    Facilitators (in alphabetic order):

    • Suresh Bhagavatula (Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India)
    • Cristina Boari (University of Bologna, Italy)
    • Claudia Jonczyk (Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
    • Jennifer Merluzzi (George Washington University, USA)
    • Elisa Operti (ESSEC Business School, France)
    • Eric Quintane (ESMT Berlin, Germany)
    • Anne ter Wal (Imperial College, UK)

    Organizers: Julia Brennecke and Tom Elfring (University of Liverpool, UK)

    Workshop Summary:

    Counterbalancing the primarily static view on organizational networks dominating the literature, the explicit inclusion of time and time-related processes for the development and the consequences of networks is an emerging area of research. Network dynamics concern the regularities by which networks change and evolve, as ties are created, modified, and dissolved over time. Network churn is the extent to which the composition of an individual's or organization's network changes from one period to the next. This PDW brings together organizational network scholars across divisions to further accelerate research on the role of time for understanding intra- and inter-organizational networks.

    The workshop will start with a keynote presentation by Aks Zaheer discussing "The Frontiers of Research on Network Dynamics." followed by a Q&A. Afterwards, the facilitators will make short statements to outline their specific interests and views on the topic to stimulate the discussion.

    From a theoretical angle, we aim to raise and discuss questions pertaining to (1) different conceptualizations of network dynamics and churn, (2) their drivers, and (3) consequences at different organizational levels. Methodologically, we seek to discuss research designs, measurement, and data required to empirically study networks over time. PDW participants will become familiar with recent quantitative and qualitative research on network dynamics and churn and discuss conceptual ideas, tangible tools, and methods for future research. The PDW will also provide a forum for senior and junior scholars to engage in scholarly conversation and exchange of ideas on the topic.


    Julia Brennecke
    University of Liverpool Management School