Providing a general overview of fundamental theoretical and methodological topics, with coverage in greater depth of selected issues, the text covers various issues in basic network concepts, data collection and network analytical methodology.
Davd Knoke (Ph.D., University of Michigan 1972) coauthored Network Analysis (1982) and has published fifteen books and more than a hundred articles and book chapters, primarily on organizations, networks, politics, and social statistics. He was principal co-investigator on several National Science Foundation-funded projects on voluntary associations, lobbying organizations in national policy domains, and organizational surveys of diverse establishments. A current project on the Global Information Sector examines strategic alliance network evolution among international corporations. At Minnesota, he teaches a graduate network analysis seminar that attracts students from diverse disciplines. Song Yang (Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 2002) is Professor at the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas. He also holds Qianren Professorship with School of Sociology and Political Science at Shanghai University. His research areas are social network analysis, sociology of work, and organizational studies. He published Social Network Analysis, Second Edition with David Knoke (Sage, 2008), and the Invisible Hands of Political Parties in Presidential Elections: Party Activists and Political Aggregation from 2004 to 2012 with Andrew Dowdle, Scott Limbocker, Patrick A. Stewart, and Karen Sebold (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013). He has published more than 20 articles in various peer reviewed journals such as Party Politics, Social Science Research, Sociological Spectrum, and Sociological Inquiry.