Sasa Batistic (Henley Business School, UK)
Work relationships between organizational members come to form the very foundation of every organization. At the same time, through such relations most of work gets accomplished, consequently there has been an increased interest in this area (e.g. Ferris, 2009). Research has investigated various types of relations, for example, informational support, social support (e.g. Nelson & Quick, 1991) and how they can be categorized as high and low-quality relationships. However, we lack the understanding of how these relations start to build in an organizational context. What are the building mechanisms behind? How can relations evolve and dissolve? We lack the understanding of how relationship can form personal or social networks and consequently influence various outcomes (e.g., socialization adjustment, information sharing, and idea spill-over) (e.g. Morrison, 2002; Nebus, 2006). How and why is a person added to the social/personal network? The role of the context (e.g. HRM systems, organizational tactics) (Shore et al., 2004) in which these relations flourish still remain to be explored. The social network / personal network perspective can provide a valuable empirical and theoretical basis to further enhance our understanding of work relationships.