Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

2018 Edition
| Editors: Reda Alhajj, Jon Rokne

Top Management Team Networks

  • Kevin D. Clark
  • Patrick G. Maggitti
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-7131-2_373




Chief executive officer of the firm


A type of affinity based on trust and/or friendship

Structural hole

A gap that exists between two sets of actors who could benefit from being connected


Top management team


Top management teams (TMTs) consist of the most senior members of the organization, those who are responsible for formulating strategy. Typically, this is a very small group of senior executives, numbering from two to about a dozen. Because of its importance to organizational performance and positioning as a key boundary spanner at the periphery of the organization, the TMT has been subject of great deal of research particularly into composition and group process. More recently, interest has shifted to the social networks of TMTs and how these networks can be designed to improve decision-making...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Villanova School of BusinessVillanova UniversityVillanovaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

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