Dynamics of actors and networks across levels: individuals, groups, organizations, and social settings
Social networks are increasingly recognised as important explanations for the behaviour and well-being of individuals but also for the performance of organisations. Simultaneously, social actors choose their relationships on the basis of behaviour patterns and network positions of actual and potential interaction partners. Enhanced understanding of these phenomena requires the empirical study of the mutual influence between the social actor and the social network; in addition, the multiplicity of social subgroups and the diversity of organisations and social settings provide further levels that need to be taken into consideration. This project brought together various disciplines with the purpose of elaborating and implementing this new methodology.