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Networks in Organizations

One of the most powerful ideas in the social sciences is that individuals are connected to one another through networks of social relations. Research and practice have demonstrated how social networks are crucial in determining the effectiveness of information flows in organizations, the dynamics of individual careers and internal labor markets, and the structure of coordination and collaboration within and across organizational boundaries. Our research draws from behavioral theories of organizations and network theory to specify models that relate individual problem solving activities to structured pattern of action through emergent work practices. In the models that we specify and test, we emphasize processes of relational coordination – i.e., the interaction among participants, rather than the mechanisms for supporting or replacing such activities – as central to our understanding of the dynamics of problem-solving in organizations.

Selected publications and work in progress

Lomi, A., Tonellato, M., and Conaldi, G. (2017). The Network Dynamics of Organizational Attention. Administrative Science Quarterly, revise and resubmit.

Tonellato, M., and Conaldi, G. (2017). Being Similar or Being Different: How Expertise Diversity Affects Collaborative Problem Solving in Open Productions. Working Paper.

Quintane, E., Conaldi, G., Tonellato, M. and Lomi, A. (2014). Modeling Relational Events: A Case Study on an Open Source Software Project. Organizational Research Methods, 17(1): 23-50.

Conaldi, G., Lomi, A. and Tonellato, M. (2012). Dynamic Models of Affiliation and the Network Structure of Problem Solving in an Open Source Software Project. Organizational Research Methods, 15(3): 385-412.

Lomi, A., Conaldi, G. and Tonellato, M. (2012). Organized Anarchies and the Network Dynamics of Decision Opportunities in an Open Source Software Project. In A. Lomi and R. Harrison (Eds.) The Garbage Can Model of Organizational Choice: Looking Forward at Forty (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Volume 36). Emerald Press, pp.363-397.