Integrating units of analysis

Dominik E. Froehlich*, Mathias Mejeh, Sarah Galey, Judith Schoonenboom

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Social networks and their antecedents and consequences are phenomena located at multiple, intertwined levels. While past research has pointed out that different units of analysis are involved when doing social network research, mono-method studies have struggled to manage this complexity. Here, we discuss this problem from the perspective of mixed methods research. Specifically, we argue that qualitative and quantitative approaches to doing network research have their strengths for researching particular units of analysis; hence, the complexity of these multiple, intertwined levels may be better grasped using mixed methods designs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMixed Methods Social Network Analysis
Subtitle of host publicationTheories and Methodologies in Learning and Education
EditorsDominik E. Froehlich, Martin Rehm, Bart C. Rienties
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780429056826
ISBN (Print)9780367174446, 9780367174453
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2019


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