Social Network Analysis and Communities of Practice

Social Network Analysis and Communities of Practice

Dimitris Asimakopoulos (Grenoble Ecole de Management, France) and Jie Yan (Grenoble Ecole de Management, France)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-556-6.ch079
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Abstract

Social network analysis (Scott, 2000; Wasserman & Faust, 1994) is a relatively new theory and methodology that has found wide application in social science research. In the early 2000s, an increasing number of scholars have been interested in computerized Social Network Analysis (SNA) and have adopted social network theory and techniques to study communities of practice (CoPs). In this article, the authors introduce SNA from a historical perspective, compare SNA with non-network theories and methods, and introduce popular SNA software packages. With reference to recent empirical research, the authors discuss several areas in which SNA has been applied to CoP research.

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