Prasad BalkundiSONIC Lab is proud to welcome Prasad Balkundi, who will present a talk on Thursday, May 7th, 2015 at 2:00 PM in the SONIC Lab in the Frances Searle Building 1-459. All are welcome to attend. To schedule a one-on-one meeting with Professor Balkundi please schedule a time here. Please contact Nancy McLaughlin with any questions or comments.

Culture, Boundaries and Attitudes: A Meta-Analytic Test of Tie-Strength Theory

Although the strength-of-weak-tie theory is foundational in social network research, studies have reported inconsistent results sometimes supporting the weak tie theory and other times contradicting it. To address these inconsistencies, we explicate three boundaries of weak-tie theory: culture, labor markets, and outcomes. First, the theory was developed and tested extensively in Western nations, raising the issue of whether cultural context affects outcomes. Second, the theory was tested using lower-level applicants finding jobs across organizations, raising the issue as to the applicability of the theory for job movement within organizations for high-ranking employees. Third, beyond the question of finding a job, the question arises as to strength-of-tie effects on a broader set of outcomes such as access to information and job attitudes. Based on a meta-analysis of 101 studies (n = 23,303) we found that strong ties were more potent than weak ties in conformist cultures. Second, strong ties within the organization were more beneficial than weak ties. Also, managers benefitted more from strong ties. Third, strong ties facilitated immediate effectiveness and positive job attitudes whereas weak ties enhanced distal effectiveness for low-end employees.

About Prasad Balkundi

Prasad Balkundi is an associate professor of management at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He received his PhD in business administration from Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include social networks and leadership in teams and his work has appeared in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology and Leadership Quarterly.

Strong vesus weak: A meta-analysis of tie strength and individual effectiveness