A paradigm too far? A dynamic stability reconsideration of the social network research program

Martin Kilduff, Wenpin Tsai, Ralph Hanke

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Instead of paradigmatic unity, we call for progressive theory development from a set of core concepts (Lakatos, 1970) comprising primacy of relations, ubiquity of embeddedness, social utility of connections, and structural patterning of social life. Organizational network research can capture complexity and distinctiveness of individuals and networks in terms of mutual constitution and change. The goal is not to delineate small puzzles whose outcomes are predetermined but to signal bold ideas concerning new phenomena.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1031-1048
Number of pages18
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2006


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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