Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

2018 Edition
| Editors: Reda Alhajj, Jon Rokne

Intraorganizational Networks

  • Rafael WittekEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-7131-2_370



Embedded relation

Organizational members connected through both a formal and an informal relation

Formal relation

Organizational members connected only through authority or workflow interdependence

Informal relation

Organizational members connected only through a personal tie without a formal relation

Membership relation

Organizational members who are part of the same unit but not connected through a formal or an informal relation


Intraorganizational networks are the aggregate of the formal and informal relationships between the members of an organization. Depending on the presence or absence of formal and informal elements in the tie between two members of the organization, four elementary types of intraorganizational relationships can...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Theoretical Sociology – Department of SociologyUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

Section editors and affiliations

  • Jacob Dijkstra
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and MethodologyUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands