Stanley Milgram - GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS Stanley Milgram...

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GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS Stanley Milgram (1933-1984) developed the idea in the 1960s of overlapping social networks called “the small world phenomenon,” more popularly known as “Six Degrees of Separation”— the idea of small world networks--this is the idea that while you personally only know a relatively small sample of the total population, your extended friendship network – the people who are “friends of a friend of a…” - grows extremely rapidly as the number of links in the chain increases. Milgram’s results suggested that most of the US population is within six degrees of separation from one another, i.e., that it’s truly a small world Created the term “networking” which is so prevalent today Milgram carried out a classic sociological research project by sending letters to “targets”—then sent letters to “starters” to see if the original letter would ever get to one of the “starters”—a later sociologists, Judith Kleinfield (2002) found that Milgram had
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