Relational instability at the network core: Support dynamics in developmental networks


Journal Article

We present a descriptive model of developmental networks - interpersonal ties who take an active interest in and concerted action to advance one's career - and argue that both network structure and relational content are necessary for understanding how individuals receive early career support. By following 77 MBA graduates over three time periods (N = 977 ties), we find evidence for an inner-outer core network structure in which ties providing high psychosocial support and low career support populate the inner core. © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cummings, JN; Higgins, MC

Published Date

  • January 1, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 38 - 55

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0378-8733

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.socnet.2005.04.003

Citation Source

  • Scopus