Online communities: Challenges and opportunities for social network research

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Online communities form a challenging and still-evolving field for social
network research. We highlight two themes that are at the core of social
network literature: formative processes and structures, and discuss how
these might be relevant in the context of online communities. Processes
of tie formation might evolve differently in online communities. Second,
we discuss how network structures emerge in different ways than
previously studied, and should therefore be interpreted differently.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Perspectives on Organizational Social Networks
EditorsD. Brass, G. Labianca, A. Mehra, D Halgin, S Borgatti
Place of PublicationBingley, UK
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781783507511
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameResearch in the Sociology of Organizations


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