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A Paradigm Too Far? A Dynamic Stability Reconsideration of the Social Network Research Program

Martin Kilduff, Wenpin Tsai and Ralph Hanke
The Academy of Management Review
Vol. 31, No. 4 (Oct., 2006), pp. 1031-1048
Published by: Academy of Management
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20159264
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

Instead of paradigmatic unity, we call for progressive theory development from a set of core concepts (Lakatos, 1970) comprising primacy of relations, ubiquity of embeddedness, social utility of connections, and structural patterning of social life. Organizational network research can capture complexity and distinctiveness of individuals and networks in terms of mutual constitution and change. The goal is not to delineate small puzzles whose outcomes are predetermined but to signal bold ideas concerning new phenomena.

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