Networks, Organizations & Work (NOW)

The study of dyadic interaction in the context of individuals (e.g., friendship), or organizations (e.g., collaboration during a disaster) has a long history into sociology dating back to Georg Simmel. Analyses on these substantive fields relate to a wide range of sociological topics and approaches. Specifically, associated faculty in this area of specialization analyze social networks, cultural institutions, cross-national comparisons, status attainment and stratification, economic sociology, and the life course.

Faculty’s research interests include:

  • Organizational responsiveness to legal reforms
  • Organizational change
  • The impact of work-time control and flexibility
  • International organizations and global policymaking
  • The nature and impact of Guanxi culture in China
  • The impact of networks on participation in environmental organizations
  • Terrorist networks
  • Political and economic networks
  • Networks in disaster-response settings
  • Migration and networks
  • Diffusion processes over networks
  • Policy networks as a global and comparative research method
  • Methodological innovations in approaches to networks

Faculty members work closely with:

Professor Yanjie Bian is on the International Network for Social Network Analysis Board of Directors. Professor David Knoke is an associate editor of Social Network Analysis & Mining (SNAM), an multidisciplinary journal published by Springer. Professor Phyllis Moen is the incoming president of the Work and Family Researchers Network.

Associated facultyZack Almquist, Joyce Bell, Yanjie BianJeffrey BroadbentJack DeWaardMichael GoldmanTeresa GowanDavid KnokePhyllis Moen

Our faculty share a commitment with the University to value a diversity of viewpoints and experiences, and to strive to provide a productive work environment for all University of Minnesota scholars from varying racial, ethnic, religious, social class, sexual identity, and national backgrounds.