We argue that additional understanding of networks formation can be gained incorporating current insights concerning self-categorization and social identity theory. Using data from a 167-member world-leader chassis manufacturer for various motor racing series, we test how different levels (department and organization) and domains (cognitive, affective and evaluative) of identification and of individual’s perceived member prototypicality (the extent to which a member perceives himself and the others as typical member of a particular social category) affect individuals’ willingness to search for friendship and advice relationships and with whom within the organization. Our results offer strong evidence for the nomological validity of our model. Moreover, we show the unique role played by individuals’ perceived alters protototypicality in influencing members’ position within the networks.

When identities mirror networks: an empirical examination

MONTI, ALBERTO;
2011

Abstract

We argue that additional understanding of networks formation can be gained incorporating current insights concerning self-categorization and social identity theory. Using data from a 167-member world-leader chassis manufacturer for various motor racing series, we test how different levels (department and organization) and domains (cognitive, affective and evaluative) of identification and of individual’s perceived member prototypicality (the extent to which a member perceives himself and the others as typical member of a particular social category) affect individuals’ willingness to search for friendship and advice relationships and with whom within the organization. Our results offer strong evidence for the nomological validity of our model. Moreover, we show the unique role played by individuals’ perceived alters protototypicality in influencing members’ position within the networks.
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