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CJS 2007, Vol. 27 Issue (4) :152-152     DOI:
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Network Dynamics of Clique Formation in Organizations
Zhang Jiayin;Luo Jiade
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This paper examines the process of clique formation among company employees using the agent-based simulation model. With the reciprocity principle and the resource exchange theory, the model exhibits how interactions lead to interpersonal connections, which gradually form small groups whose members provide mutual support but exclude others from getting in. These small groups are eventually shaped into cliques. For the present study, two work-environment variables and one organizational-culture variable were selected to examine the factors that might influence clique formation. The resulting curve showed that heavy work load beyond one’s resources and inequality in work assignment could accelerate the formation of cliques and their further demarcations; on the other hand, very light work load and perfect equality in work assignment tended to reduce interpersonal interactions, hence employee isolation.

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Zhang Jiaqin
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Keywordssocial network dynamics   agent-based model   clique   resource limitation   Pao     
Abstract

This paper examines the process of clique formation among company employees using the agent-based simulation model. With the reciprocity principle and the resource exchange theory, the model exhibits how interactions lead to interpersonal connections, which gradually form small groups whose members provide mutual support but exclude others from getting in. These small groups are eventually shaped into cliques. For the present study, two work-environment variables and one organizational-culture variable were selected to examine the factors that might influence clique formation. The resulting curve showed that heavy work load beyond one’s resources and inequality in work assignment could accelerate the formation of cliques and their further demarcations; on the other hand, very light work load and perfect equality in work assignment tended to reduce interpersonal interactions, hence employee isolation.

Keywordssocial network dynamics,   agent-based model,   clique,   resource limitation,   Pao     
Received: 1900-01-01; published: 2007-07-20
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Zhang Jiaqin, Luo Jiade .Network Dynamics of Clique Formation in Organizations[J]  CJS, 2007,V27(4): 152-152
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