The term “social network analysis” (SNA) provides an increasingly overarching research context for scholars, as well as policy makers, industry, commercial organizations, and the public sector. It refers not only to an integrated set of theoretical concepts and analytic methods but intends to explain a whole set of relationships and their variations as these are defined by “a specific set of linkages” and their “additional property” (Mitchell 1969, p. 2).
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