social embeddedness

Network Communities

Maxim Sytch, Adam Tatarynowicz

Departing from prior research on the implications of social structure for actors’ outcomes, which has applied either the ego-network or the global-network perspective, this study examines the implications of network communities for the invention productivity of firms. Network communities represent dense and non-overlapping structural groups of actors in the social […]

Friends and Foes

Maxim Sytch, Adam Tatarynowicz

This paper investigates to what extent the principles of structural balance drive the formation of a dual social structure that encompasses collaboration and conflict among corporate actors. Our findings are threefold. First, we find that existing collaborative or conflictual relationships between two companies perpetuate future relationships of the same type, […]

Theory of Extended Contact

Maxim Sytch, Adam Tatarynowicz, Ranjay Gulati

This study investigates the determinants of bridging ties within networks of interconnected firms. Bridging ties are defined as nonredundant connections between firms located in different network communities. We highlight how firms can enter into these relationships because of the incentives and opportunities for action that are […]

Rise and Fall of Small Worlds

Ranjay Gulati, Maxim Sytch, Adam Tatarynowicz

This paper explores the interplay between social structure and economic action by examining some of the evolutionary dynamics of an emergent network that coalesces into a small-world system. The study highlights the small-world system’s evolutionary dynamics at both the macro level of the network and the […]