Blockmodeling is viewed often as a data reduction method. However, this is a simplistic view of the class of methods designed to uncover social structures, identify subgroups, and reveal emergent roles. Worse, this view misses the richness of the method as a tool for uncovering novel human resource management (HRM) insights. Here, we provide a brief overview of some essentials of blockmodeling and discuss research questions that can be addressed using this approach in applied HRM settings. Finally, we offer an empirical example to illustrate blockmodeling and the types of information that can be gleaned from its implementation.
Satornino, C.B., Doreian, P. and Allen, A.M. (2017), "The Case for Adopting Blockmodeling in Human Resource Management Research: Examples in Analyzing Social Networks and HRM Systems", Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management (Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, Vol. 35), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 215-241. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0742-730120170000035006
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