Where Do Social Ties Come From : Institutional Framework and Governmental Tie Distribution among Chinese Managers

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-124
Journal / PublicationManagement and Organization Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011


This study identifies the societal institutional framework as the cause for the tie distribution issue - the sizes of ego-networks of social actors are unevenly distributed across social categories of these social actors. The analysis of 250 Chinese firms showed that managers employed by state-owned enterprises possess more governmental tie channels - conduits to get acquainted with government officials - than those employed by non-state-owned enterprises. Governmental tie channels completely mediated the relationship between ownership types and the number of government ties in the manager's social network. © 2010 The International Association for Chinese Management Research.

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  • Firm ownership, Governmental ties, Institutional framework, Social tie channels, Tie possession