Collecting social network data among organization members using surveys is challenging and requires a well considered strategy. Based on extensive past experience with collecting social network information in work organizations with surveys, we identify and discuss four major elements of the data collection process, all linked with and dependent on the specific research question and objective: 1) negotiating access to the organization; 2) identifying the network's boundary, the relevant formal organizational structures that affect social networks, and the sampling approach; 3) deciding how to approach research subjects and collect network data; and, 4) providing useful and ethically-sensitive feedback to the organization and its members. Decisions on each of these elements and their co-alignment, particularly with respect to the chosen research question, is crucial to a successful study. We offer guidelines and provide examples for each of these elements.

Collecting survey-based social network information in work organizations / Agneessens, F; Labianca, G. - In: SOCIAL NETWORKS. - ISSN 0378-8733. - 68:(2022), pp. 31-47. [10.1016/j.socnet.2021.04.003]

Collecting survey-based social network information in work organizations

Agneessens, F;
2022-01-01

Abstract

Collecting social network data among organization members using surveys is challenging and requires a well considered strategy. Based on extensive past experience with collecting social network information in work organizations with surveys, we identify and discuss four major elements of the data collection process, all linked with and dependent on the specific research question and objective: 1) negotiating access to the organization; 2) identifying the network's boundary, the relevant formal organizational structures that affect social networks, and the sampling approach; 3) deciding how to approach research subjects and collect network data; and, 4) providing useful and ethically-sensitive feedback to the organization and its members. Decisions on each of these elements and their co-alignment, particularly with respect to the chosen research question, is crucial to a successful study. We offer guidelines and provide examples for each of these elements.
2022
Agneessens, F; Labianca, G
Collecting survey-based social network information in work organizations / Agneessens, F; Labianca, G. - In: SOCIAL NETWORKS. - ISSN 0378-8733. - 68:(2022), pp. 31-47. [10.1016/j.socnet.2021.04.003]
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