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From Factors to Actors: Networks and Network Theory in Comparative Industrial Relations.

Brandl, Bernd (2022) 'From Factors to Actors: Networks and Network Theory in Comparative Industrial Relations.', in Employment Relations as Networks: Methods and Theory. New York: Routledge.


In this chapter it is explained that industrial relations can be described by networks of different actors. Therefore, social network theory and analyses is an ideal approach to understand industrial relations phenomena and outcomes. It is argued that network approaches are also able to address the challenge that industrial relations are becoming increasingly complex. Against this background in this chapter the reasons why network theories and analyses are ideal approaches to understand research phenomena in comparative industrial relations are explained. On that basis the chapter proposes the use of new methodologies that exploit the advantages of computational methods. More specifically it is argued and explained why simulation methods as agent based models are promising tools for future theoretical and empirical research in the field of industrial relations.

Item Type:Book chapter
Full text:Publisher-imposed embargo until 15 January 2024.
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Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Employment Relations as Networks: Methods and Theory on 15 July 2022, available online:
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:18 May 2022
Date of first online publication:15 July 2022
Date first made open access:15 January 2024

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