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1DB 3: NETWORK ORGANIZATIONSDiscussion Board 3: Network OrganizationsStephanie GreenSchool of Business, Liberty UniversityBUSI 735: Understanding the OrganizationDr. Michael ColemanDecember 3, 2020
2DB 3: NETWORK ORGANIZATIONSDiscussion Board 3: Network Organizations“A network is a system of relationships among parts” (Scott & Davis, 2016, p.280). It isboth a social and organizational network as the network classifies and interprets the relationshipbetween coworkers, acquaintances, friends, and family. There are many different types ofnetwork organizations as well as advantages and disadvantages in organizational networks.Furthermore, network organizations greatly impacts numerous aspects of life, such asenvironmental processes.Types of Network OrganizationsThere are many different types of networks, but they can be viewed at three differentanalytical levels (Scott & Davis, 2016). Each of the analytical level captures a high-level view ofthe different types of networks everyone encounters, such as social media networks andprofessional associations. The main three analytical levels are ego networks, overall networks,and network position (Scott & Davis, 2016; Tseng et al., 2002).Ego NetworkThe ego network consists of the direct contacts (Scott & Davis, 2016). It is the mainsocial relationships and contains the people that have the strongest ties with one who are similarto themselves on key attributes, such as social class, age, sex, race, etc. The social relations canalso be role-based (i.e., family, relatives, friends, co-workers, etc.), cognitive-affective (i.e., like,knows, despises, admires, etc.), or actions (i.e., talks to, sells to, gives aid to, accepts advicefrom, etc.). Each of those social relations has a direct relationship with a person and help themhave strong relationship ties. In addition, these social networks serve five specific functions:social support (i.e., emotional and material aid, companionship, information, etc.), sense-making(i.e., how to interpret the world, asking advice, etc.), social control (i.e., ensuring that egos
3DB 3: NETWORK ORGANIZATIONSbehave according to norms), access to resources (i.e., business networking), and behavior model(i.e., talking like the people you associate with, become aware of popular decisions from peoplein the ego network). As a result, the ego network contains familial relationships, closefriendships, co-workers, significant others, and networking relationships (Scott & Davis, 2016;Karamanos, 2015; Tseng et al., 2002).Overall NetworkThe overall network includes everyone from a particular domain. While the ego networkcontains everyone in the immediate social network, the overall network focuses only on oneparticular domain. The domain can help create siloed relationships, such as coworkers, churchfriends, family friends, family, etc. At this level of a network organization, one can create ahierarchy of relationships, classify and analysis the extent and number of relationships within adomain, and how centralized the relationships are (i.e., if the relationships are concentrated