A Note on Social Networks and Network Structure

By Jeffrey Pfeffer
2008 | Case No. OB66 | Length 8 pgs.
This note summarizes important ideas in the social networks literature-including brokerage and structural holes and the trade-offs between networking and getting work done and between brokerage relationships and the dense connections required to build trust. The note was prepared for a class on power in organizations for a session on building efficient social networks. It can be used with readings or cases on the importance of social relations in building power.
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