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Exploring Social Networks, Competitive Actions and Dynamic Capabilities in Organizations

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Workplace relations are changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Networks of interconnected organizations and networks of individuals, leaders, and teams will be increasingly managed in organizations. Although there is some literature on competition in social networks, the network dynamics and organizational ...

Workplace relations are changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Networks of interconnected organizations and networks of individuals, leaders, and teams will be increasingly managed in organizations. Although there is some literature on competition in social networks, the network dynamics and organizational dynamic capabilities of competitive actions are not investigated. Therefore, improving our understanding of these dynamics in organizations is warranted. Our overarching aim is to develop theory, diverse methodological and geographical perspectives in this Research Topic to show the network and organizational dynamic capabilities, processes, and impacts that prevent and/or amplify competitive actions in organizations. We welcome submissions with an explicit focus on some aspects of positive and/or dark competitive actions in dynamic capabilities.

The primary goal of this Research Topic is to capture the hidden, unintended, and positive/dark sides of social networks, competitive actions, and dynamic capabilities by casting a wider net in terms of phenomena, stakeholders, and contexts from diverse disciplines, methodologies, theories, and geographies. A better understanding of not merely positive competitive actions, but also dark competitive actions will help foster and implement stronger policies that will, in turn, develop stronger governance in organizations and in the global society at large.

We are particularly interested in studies that focus on capturing complex competitive actions that may develop or emerge within multiple types/boundary conditions and network structures through dynamic capabilities in organizations. Sample populations should not rely on student surveys, but rather examine random sample populations to depict the general population. We welcome submissions focusing on competitive actions at the organizational, group, or individual level, including groups of organizations (e.g., ecosystems, platforms, meta-organizations), and multiple sources of data and analyses that examine cognitive, affective, behavioral, and/or intentional/dark/positive competitive actions. Potential topics include social networks, competitive actions and dynamic capabilities in the workplace, entrepreneurship, technology, innovation, gender, governance, marketing, leadership, groups, economics, political psychology, sustainable development, investment, human resources, sociology, ethics and integrity, computer science, biotechnology, neuroscience, international management, strategic management, public, non-profit, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, social enterprises, and for-benefit organizations.
Overall, we are interested in a) understanding the diverse mechanisms, processes, and contextual factors that influence and predict competitive actions in social networks through dynamic capabilities in organizations and b) highlighting the involvement and impact of stakeholders worldwide to help solve real-world problems.

Potential themes that include real-world problems are as follows:

the Covid-19 pandemic and national networks;
cross-cultural cooperation;
self and collective interests;
homogenous and heterogeneous networks;
network hotspots;
business networks;
sharing economy and collaborative networks;
community networks;
non-leadership resilience;
trust and free-riders;
statecraft dynamics and policies;
digital/word of mouth or grassroots disinformation;
technology and governance;
private-owned versus public-owned networks;
algorithms, quality ratings, and social manipulation;
achieving the sustainable development goals.


Keywords: Social networks, competition, dynamic capabilities, positive and dark sides of organizations, real world problems


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