Derginin Adı: Balıkesir Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi
Cilt: 2010/13
Sayı: 23
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Makale Eklenme Tarihi: 31.03.2011
Okunma Sayısı: 3
Makale Özeti: Problem: Do weak ties matter? This question has been attempted to answer, since Granovetter has first argued the importance of weak ties. Literature has contradictory findings with supporting and rejecting Granovetter’s arguments, which requires further attention. Research Objectives: The initial objective of this study is to resolve this conflicting debate by attempting to answer the question whether weak ties provide benefits to individuals. Another objective is to show the importance of several contingency factors in weak ties-outcomes relationship. These factors include the context of weak tie usage, type of work conditions, hierarchical position, and type of outcomes. Method: This paper uses a meta-analysis methodology, which is a technique to quantitatively review the literature on a given research area, to test the hypotheses. Findings and Results: Based on 15 samples (N = 3657), we confirmed that Granovetter is actually right (weak ties provide positive outcomes). Contingency analysis shows that people (1) who use weak ties towards searching jobs, (2) who are working at low levels in organizational hierarchy, and (3) who are seeking status outcomes, have greater positive benefits out of their weak ties, while the analysis for information intensity is inconclusive. Recommendations: Rather than examining whether weak ties matter, which is achieved in this paper, future research should focus on underlying mechanisms regarding why and how weak ties provide benefits to the people who hold it. Researchers may also focus on the contingency factors which affect weak ties-outcomes relationship as well as different contexts which might change the benefits of weak ties.
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