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Social networks and informal power in organizations

23 April 2012

PhD ceremony: Ms. A. Labun, 16.15 uur, Academiegebouw, Broerstraat 5, Groningen

Dissertation: Social networks and informal power in organizations

Promotor(s): prof. R.P.M. Wittek

Faculty: Behavioural- and Social Sciences

Under what conditions do informally powerful actors in organizations emerge? And, under what conditions does informal power affect group dynamics, such as friendship formation, and individual outcomes, such as employee well-being?

This dissertation introduces a dynamic integrative approach to the study of the antecedents of informal power and its potential consequences. Different theoretical perspectives are combined in a single overarching framework highlighting the cognitive foundations of informal power. Using longitudinal complete network data from two contrasting real-life organizations, this research provides new insight into the importance of visibility for the development of informal power.

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