Social Capital

Social Capital

An Introduction to Managing Networks

Kenneth W. Koput

This volume teaches how to understand and manage social capital to facilitate individual and organizational learning and goal attainment. Coverage includes both orchestrating relationships of others and navigating one’s own social interactions. Written at an introductory level and accessible to those without background in network analysis or graph theory, this text combines both comprehensive analysis and concrete concepts to emphasize how critical a role social capital’s applications play on the foundations of business as we know it today.

Chapter 6: Handling Data I: Preparations

Kenneth W. Koput

Subjects: business and management, human resource management

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Having obtained both individual and relational data, the next step is to prepare it for analysis. This involves entering, cross-checking, and possibly transforming the responses. We’ll cover the relational responses first, both in preparing them for computer entry and in the initial processing. We’ll then turn to how to enter and transform individual characteristics to turn them into relational data. I PREPARING RELATIONAL DATA 6.1 Entering and cross-checking responses Once you have your network survey written, according to the four principles of construction (content, context, confidentiality, and convenience), the next step is to administer the survey. To administer the survey, we simply mean to hand it out and collect the responses. But even this might not be quite that simple, as you may have to take some time to explain it to members of the group and you may need to remind some members that it’s important; it may take some gentle prompting to make sure they get it done in a timely fashion. Once the responses are in hand, you’ll need to prepare the data so that it can be processed by the computer. This means entering the responses as given and then cross-checking them. For example, if Bob says he goes to Mari for advice, we check to see whether Mari also reports that Bob comes to her. If so, then the relation is most likely correct. If there is any discrepancy (say Mari does not report that Bob comes to her, even though Bob says he does)...

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