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Intensity of Network Relationships: Towards Conceptualization and Operationalization

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Intensywność powiązań sieciowych – w kierunku konceptualizacji i operacjonalizacji
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Artykuł mieści się w nurcie badań nad sieciami międzyorganizacyjnymi i dotyczy intensywności powiązań sieciowych. Celem artykułu jest konceptualizacja i próba operacjonalizacji konstruktu „intensywność powiązań sieciowych”. Cel został zrealizowany poprzez próbę odpowiedzi na następujące pytania badawcze: (1) Jak identyfikować i badać sieć powiązań międzyorganizacyjnych pojedynczej organizacji? (2) W jaki sposób ująć i zmierzyć stopień zaangażowania czy uwikłania danej organizacji (organizacja węzłowa, członek sieci) w sieć międzyorganizacyjną? Konceptualizacji i operacjonalizacji omawianego konstruktu dokonano poprzez pogłębione studia literatury i wstępne studia przypadków przeprowadzone przez autorów. Na początku zaprezentowano istotę sieci międzyorganizacyjnych i przywołano wybrane wyniki badań w tym obszarze. Następnie przedstawiono konceptualizację konstruktu – jego ogólny zarys i istotę, a w ostatniej części artykułu wyróżniono wymiary intensywności powiązań sieciowych wraz z próbą wskazania na sposoby ich badania. W zakończeniu sformułowano konkluzje, a także wskazano ograniczenia przeprowadzonej analizy i kierunki dalszych badań.
The paper content is embedded in the network paradigm and concerns the intensity of network relationships. The aim of the paper is to conceptualize and initially operationalize the construct “intensity of network relationships”. The aim has been realized through answering the following research questions: (1) How to identify and explore a set of network relationships of a single organization? (2) How to conceptualize and operationalize the extent to which an organization (node organization, network member) is involved or entangled in the inter-organizational network analysed from the ego-network perspective? The conceptualization and operationalization of the construct have been developed by means of a deepened literature study as well as initial case studies performed by the authors. The paper is organized as follows. The first section presents the essence, origins, and perspectives of researching inter-organizational networks. The construct called intensity of network relationships is conceptualized in the second section. Then, the dimensions of network relationship intensity and its operationalization proposal are highlighted. Finally, some conclusions, limitations, and research directions are formulated.
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