Studying relationships in project management through social network analysis

Gibbons, Deborah & Zolin, Roxanne (2015) Studying relationships in project management through social network analysis. In Pasian, B. (Ed.) Design, Methods, and Practices for Research of Project Management. Gower, Farnham, 403 -415.

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Successful project management depends upon forming and maintaining relationships between and among project team members and stakeholder groups. The nature of these relationships and the patterns that they form affect communication, collaboration and resource flows. Networks affect us directly, and we use them to influence people and processes. Social Network Analysis (SNA) can be an extremely valuable research tool to better understand how critical social networks develop and influence work processes, particularly as projects become larger and more complex. This chapter introduces foundational network concepts, helps you determine if SNA could help you answer your research questions, and explains how to design and implement a social network study.

At the end of this chapter, the reader can: understand foundational concepts about social networks; decide if SNA is an appropriate research methodology to address particular questions or problems; design and implement a basic social network study.

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ID Code: 85891
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Social Networks, Newtwork Study Design, Collection of Network Data, Network Analysis Methods
ISBN: 9781409448808
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Gower
Deposited On: 21 Jul 2015 23:21
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2016 14:53

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