Call for Submissions: Tie Content and Individual Outcomes in Organizations at Sunbelt 2018


I’m happy to announce that I will be hosting a session during Sunbelt 2018, the conference for researchers interested in social network analysis that will take place in Utrecht next year. The goal of the session is to develop our understanding of the different types of relationships people have with each other and how they influence people’s behaviour. Take for example the relationships you develop at work. You probably interact differently with somebody higher up the hierarchy than with one of your co-workers. Or you might go to some people for support when you’re having a rough day, while you go to others to bounce off new ideas. These relationships are all import in their own right and during this session we’re going to examine what their role exactly is.

Session Description

In this session, we will zoom in on the content of ties and explore how individual outcomes and network characteristics differ based on the type of relationship that people have with each other. Researchers acknowledge the fact that prior work has mainly focused on network structure at the expense of content, and that it is important to further develop our understanding of the different types of dyadic phenomena and their consequences. We welcome papers that explore these phenomena in organizational settings and encourage a wide range of submissions. Possible examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Methodological approaches to measuring and analyzing tie content;
  • The effects of network positions (e.g., network centrality, brokerage, density) for different types of social relationships;
  • The opportunities and constraints of relationship heterogeneity and the way people utilize or overcome them;
  • The implications of tie content for individual innovation or performance.
  • If you have any questions about this session, feel free to contact me by sending an email to

Sunbelt 2018 will take place from June 26 to July 1 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Abstracts for 20-minute paper presentations can be submitted at Submissions are due on February 1, 2018, and authors of accepted papers will be notified by March 2018.

We’re looking forward to your submissions!

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