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Simon C. Darnell, Richard Giulianotti, P. David Howe, and Holly Collison

innovation, this paper brings the tenets of Actor Network Theory to bear on current debates in the field of SDP, and explores its utility for ongoing analyses. The paper proceeds in six parts. In the next section, we discuss two tensions in recent SDP research that signify to us the need for new approaches

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Catherine Quatman and Packianathan Chelladurai

As an emerging research approach, social network theory and analysis has been embraced and effectively applied in disciplines that have overlapping interests with sport management researchers including such fields as organizational behavior and sport sociology. Although a number of sport management scholars have investigated network-related concepts, to date no sport management studies have fully utilized the analytical tools that social network theory and analysis have to offer. In conjunction with a discussion about the ontological, epistemological, and methodological perspectives associated with network analysis, this article uses several examples from the sport management and organizational behavior bodies of literature to illustrate a number of the advantageous techniques and insights social network theory and analysis can offer. These examples are meant to provide a general understanding of the utility and applicability of the social network theory and analysis and potentially inspire sport management researchers to adopt a social network lens in their future research endeavors.

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Matthew Katz, Thomas A. Baker III, and Hui Du

subgroups, theoretically, may include both psychological affiliations and interpersonal relationships. In the present study, we utilized the social identity approach ( Tajfel & Turner, 1979 ; Turner, 1985 ) and network theory ( Borgatti & Halgin, 2011 ) to examine how both identification and social

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Bethany Geckle

using actor-network theory (ANT). Central to the premise of ANT is the agency of non-human entities such as things, places, and even ideas. Thus, it says that equipment, nations, and gender norms all may influence sport as much as the human athletes. As such, this work should be considered within the

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Matthew Katz, Aaron C. Mansfield, and B. David Tyler

lens of network theory. Social connections do not exist in a vacuum, isolated from their surrounding social environment; relationships are embedded within the larger networks that influence and dictate the flow of resources through interpersonal ties ( Robins, 2015 ). Individuals interact with and

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Matthew Katz, Bob Heere, and E. Nicole Melton

network science generally and network theory more specifically ( Borgatti & Halgin, 2011 ), many individual-level behaviors and attitudes are affected by the structure of relationships within which individuals are embedded. Incorporating and appreciating the interdependencies of social life and the

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Matthew Katz, Nefertiti A. Walker, and Lauren C. Hindman

analysis of gendered leadership networks within the NCAA is guided by network theory and a network approach to leadership. Network Theory The growing popularity of network studies within and outside of sport management signals increased recognition that understanding individual outcomes requires

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Michael L. Naraine

meant by the network paradigm, as that provides the basis to understand and compare network concepts such as centrality. The network paradigm consists of two theoretical arms: the theory of networks and network theory proper ( Borgatti & Halgin, 2011 ). In the theory of networks, the concern is both the

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Michael L. Naraine and Milena M. Parent

The purpose of this study was to examine national sport organizations’ (NSOs’) social networks on Twitter to explore followership between users, thereby illuminating powerful and central actors in a digital environment. Using a stratified, convenience sample, followership between the ego (i.e., NSO) and its alters (i.e., stakeholders) were noted in square, one-mode sociomatrices for the Fencing Canada (381 × 381) and Luge Canada (1026 × 1026) networks on Twitter. Using social network analysis to analyze the data for network density, average ties, Bonacich beta centrality, and core–periphery structure, the results indicate fans, elite athletes, photographers, competing sport organizations, and local clubs are some of the key stakeholders with large amounts of power. Though salient users, such as sponsors and international sport federations, are also present in the network core, NSOs seem better able to increase visibility of their content by targeting smaller scale users. The findings imply managers may wish to reflect upon how these advantaged users can be incorporated into their social communication strategies and how scholarship should continue examining followership as well as content in online settings.

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Maurice Vergeer and Leon Mulder

international players who have followers from the club they are playing for but also from their home country. As a result they accumulate multiple audiences and thus extend the number of their followers. Network theory predicted that popular players would become even more popular (preferential attachment, cf