GUEST TALK: Brokerage vs Closure: when is it a trade-off in organizational...

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The Centre for Networks and Enterprise (CNE) at Edinburgh Business School are hosting a guest talk by Dr Lorien Jasny on 14th February 2019. Everyone is welcome to attend, so please pass the details on to anyone who may be interested.


Title: Brokerage vs Closure: when is it a trade-off in organizational networks?

Guest speaker: Dr Lorien Jasny (University of Exeter)


Brokerage as a concept has received a lot of interest in the social networks community. A new series of papers have argued to expand the definition past the strict structural usage of Gould and Fernandez (1989). Specifically, they argue this strict structural definition engenders a trade-off between brokerage and closure that might not be necessary for the theoretical concept nor evidenced in practice. In other words, actors might broker at the same time as other activities. In this paper, we examine this strict structural definition and show that, for a given set of actors but two very different types of ties, collaboration and information exchange, the trade-off between brokerage and closure is clearly evident in collaboration but completely lacking in information exchange. Thus, in a sense, both sets of scholars are correct; in some cases there is a clear trade-off and others not. Understanding these differences will push our understanding of the nature of brokerage forward.


The guest talk will take place in the South Pod of EBS, 12:00-13:30. Complimentary teas and coffess will be available after the talk. Please select the free ticket below if you would like to attend. This is part of a series of workshops and guest talks which the Centre for Networks and Enterprise are hosting in 2019, so please browse our other events by selecting the 'organiser name'. If you have any questions, please contact Holly Sinclair on holly.sinclair@ebs.hw.ac.uk.

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