INNOVATION AND ORGANIZATION
Seminar : presentation of new collective book, with updated perspectives on multilevel network analyses - Lazega, Emmanuel & Snijders, Tom A.B. (eds)(2016), Multilevel Network Analysis for the Social Sciences: Theory, Methods and Applications, Berlin : Springer, Methodos Series
Emmanuel Lazega focuses primarily on organizational and social networks analysis as a means to explain collective action, with the overarching aim of contributing to the development of a neo-structural sociology.His approach combines observation, modeling, correlation and comparison of the generic social processes of social life at the meso level, for instance particularistic solidarity and exclusion, collective socialization and learning processes, social control and conflict management and regulation and institutionalization, in order to better understand how the contemporary "organizational society" works.
E.Lazega developed this approach at two levels: intra- and inter-organizational. For example, he studied the different kinds of collective action among peers, with work on collegial organization and the links between bureaucracy and collegiality for lawyers, judges, researchers and priests, among others. He also conducted a study on cooperation between competitors, which looked at the simultaneous regulation of markets and the business world. This theoretical and analytical framework provides an insightful lens for looking at the shifting border between the public and private spheres and the way private actors are increasingly taking the place of public authorities in a number of areas of economic and social life.