Lu Anne R. Johnson, David Knoke

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We construct a theory of team collaboration to explain how social actors activate their network ties to gain access to and acquire the use of social capital held by other network actors. Drawing from weak-strong tie theory and closure-brokerage models of network structures, our theory specifies dynamic processes in which relations vary in their potential for activation, and thus, project teams have differential probabilities of mobilizing and gaining collective use of the varied resources held by their network alters inside and outside the team. The theoretical scope is interorganizational team whose members are employed by two partnering organizations and are assigned to a joint project with a single task or goal to be accomplished within a limited period. We present and discuss a set of propositions about factors that affect the ability of a team to access its members' social capital for use in a project task.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComplex Collaboration
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding the Capabilities for Working Across Boundaries
PublisherJAI Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)0762311320, 9780762311323
StatePublished - 2004

Publication series

NameAdvances in Interdisciplinary Studies of Work Teams
ISSN (Print)1572-0977

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Grant A4065901), by a project of Czech-Austrian cooperation KONTAKT (Grant 2000/9), and by Jubiläumsfonds of the Österreichische Nationalbank (Grant 7987). V.M. and E.M. acknowledge additional support by the LBI Experimental and Clinical Radiology. Z.S. Jr. is grateful to Jana Starcˇuková for her software support of off-site data processing.


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