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Tasselli, S; Kilduff, M; (2021) Network Agency. Academy of Management Annals , 15 (1) pp. 68-110. 10.5465/annals.2019.0037. Green open access

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The question of agency has been neglected in social network research, in part because the structural approach to social relations removes consideration of individual volition and action. But recent emphasis on purposive individuals has reignited interest in agency across a range of social network research topics. Our paper provides a brief history of social network agency and an emergent framework based on a thorough review of research published since 2004. This organizing framework distinguishes between an ontology of dualism (actors and social relations as separate domains) and an ontology of duality (actors and social relations as a mutually constituted) at both the individual level and at the social network level. The resulting four perspectives on network agency comprise individual advantage, embeddedness, micro-foundations, and structuration. In conclusion, we address current debates and future directions relating to sources of action and the locus of identity.

Type: Article
Title: Network Agency
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5465/annals.2019.0037
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.5465/annals.2019.0037
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: agency, embeddedness, endogeneity, individual advantage, levels of analysis, micro-foundations, ontology, social networks, structuration
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > UCL School of Management
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10110212
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