A Firm-Growing Model and the Study of Communication Patterns’ Effect on the Structure of Firm’s Social Network

  • Liang Chen
  • Haigang Li
  • Zhong Chen
  • Li Li
  • Da-Ren He
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 5)


In this article, we propose a firm-growing model, and then collect empirical data to test model validity. The simulation results agree well with the empirical data. We next explore the effect of communication patterns on the growth and structure of firm’s social network and find that the extents to which employees reluctantly interact within or across departments significantly influence the structure of firm’s social network.


firm-growing model communication pattern firm’s social network structure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Liang Chen
    • 1
  • Haigang Li
    • 1
  • Zhong Chen
    • 1
  • Li Li
    • 1
    • 3
  • Da-Ren He
    • 2
  1. 1.Antai College of Economics and ManagementShanghai Jiaotong UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.College of Physics Science and TechnologyYangzhou UniversityYangzhouChina
  3. 3.Education CollegeShanghai Normal UniversityShanghaiChina

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