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Accession Number ADA566594
Title Power, Status and Network Perceptions: The Effects of Network Bias on Organizational Outcomes.
Publication Date Sep 2012
Media Count 69p
Personal Author M. J. Kilduff
Abstract Knowing who is connected to whom is important in organizations, but people make mistakes when attempting to recall and report connections among others in their social networks. We investigate how power and status influence the extent to which people rely on mental templates (schemas) in observing and responding to social networks at work. The first paper comprises two separate but related studies using original data collected for this project concerning misperceptions of friendship networks (study 1) and misperceptions of advice networks (study 2). In this first paper, we investigate how individuals' personal sense of power leads to distorted perceptions of social networks and the tendency to think these distorted networks are easily mobilized in pursuit of goals. In the second paper (based on archival data), we investigate how individuals systematically misperceive the pecking order in organizational friendship networks. Individuals who were in actual fact central players in the network tended to overestimate the extent of status differentiation. The more individuals perceived status differentiation, the less they found their jobs in the organization satisfying.
Keywords Decision making
Foreign reports
Organization theory
Organizational leadership
Social cognition
Social networks
Social psychology
United kingdom

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92C - Social Concerns
92B - Psychology
57T - Psychiatry
70D - Personnel Management, Labor Relations & Manpower Studies
92A - Job Training & Career Development
72E - Operations Research
Corporate Author Cambridge Univ. (England).
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final rept. 20 Aug 2012-18 Feb 2012.
NTIS Issue Number 1307
Contract Number FA8655-10-1-3095

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