publication . Other literature type . Article . 2011

Close Encounters: Analyzing How Social Similarity and Propinquity Contribute to Strong Network Connections

Reagans, Ray Eugene;
  • Published: 01 Aug 2011
  • Publisher: Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
  • Country: United States
Models of network formation emphasize the importance of social similarity and propinquity in producing strong interpersonal connections. The positive effect each factor can have on tie strength has been documented across a number of studies, and yet we know surprisingly very little about how the two factors combine to produce strong ties. Being in close proximity could either amplify or dampen the positive effect that social similarity can have on tie strength. Data on tie strength among teachers working in five public schools were analyzed to shed light on this theoretical question. The empirical results indicate that teachers who were similar in age were more ...
free text keywords: Management of Technology and Innovation, Strategy and Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, Social psychology, Tie strength, Homophily, Interpersonal communication, Propinquity, Network formation, Public relations, business.industry, business, Psychology, Strong ties, Salient, Social network
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