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Séminaire Réseaux - Régulation / Networks - Regulation Seminar
Learning Foci and the Reproduction of Social Relations in Organizations par Valery Yakubovich
3 Février 2014

Le prochain invité du séminaire "Réseaux et Régulation" sera Valery Yakubovich.

Son intervention portera sur "Learning Foci and the Reproduction of Social Relations in Organizations: The Effects of Homophily, Propinquity, and Preexisting Ties".

Abstract

Recent research has shown that formal organizational activities are a significant factor in the formation of interpersonal ties within intraorganizational networks. Working together on a specific task or working together on the same team provides a new focus that can create new ties or enrich existing ones, while the
dissolution of a focus jeopardizes the relationships among the members it united. This paper argues that such conclusions are premature, because seemingly formal organizational foci prescribe activities but do not prescribe who performs them jointly
with whom, leaving space for members’ matching through social interactions. Little is known about how homophily, propinquity, and preexisting ties operate in foci where joint activities are strictly exogenous to social interactions. We use data from a
pseudo - experiment in which individuals and the preexisting ties among them are randomly assigned to new foci of joint learning activities. The study took place in a large Russian retail bank whose leadership rolled out a year - long educational program
for 451 of its top and mid -level managers from the headquarters and regional branches, randomly divided into 8 large classroom cohorts and then, within each cohort, randomly assigned to smaller goal - oriented project teams. We find that
homophily and propinquity induce ties within the random cohorts whose members maintain discretion over interaction partners. Exogenously prescribed interactions within as
signed project teams increase the likelihood of a new tie formation but, at the same time, leave no room for homophily and propinquity, thereby disrupting preexisting relationships. We discuss the implications of these findings for the reproduction of social capital in organizations and, in particular, the limits of managerial interventions therein.


Le séminaire "Réseaux et Régulation" du CSO, conjointement organisé avec le CMH (Centre Maurice Halbwachs), propose un lieu de réflexion sur les concepts et méthodes de la sociologie néo-structurale, ainsi que sur sa contribution au développement des théories de l'action individuelle et collective, en particulier dans les marchés et les organisations. Il met un accent particulier sur l'analyse des structures relationnelles intra- et inter-organisationnelles et sa contribution à l'étude des processus sociaux (solidarités, contrôles, régulations, équilibrages des pouvoirs, apprentissages, discriminations, etc.) caractérisant la société organisationnelle et le monde des affaires.
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==> Date : 3 février 2014, de 16h à 18h

==> Lieu : CSO, 19 rue Amélie 75007 Paris (métro La Tour-Maubourg)

==> Informations pratiques : entrée libre dans la limite des places disponibles.

==> Contacts : Emmanuel Lazega, Claire Lemercier

==> Voir le programme