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A Multilevel Study of Interpersonal Influence in Academic ‘Influence Networks’
Unformatted Document Text:  Influence Networks 14 Method Participants Network data were collected from faculty at a large southwest university who held Full, Associate, Assistant, and Adjunct teaching positions during the Fall 2001 term. Of these individuals, those who intended to teach during the Spring 2002 term were included in this study. Participants were grouped according to departmental membership. One hundred fifteen participants completed the survey, consisting of thirty-nine full professors, twenty-seven associate professors, twenty-six assistant professors, and twenty-three adjunct or visiting professors. Measures The survey included the following measures: a social network measure for each academic department, behavioral attitudes, measures of subjective norm (consisting of perceived others’ behavioral attitudes and motivation to comply with each individual identified in the social network measure), and measures of behavioral intentions. Measures of attitude, subjective norm, and behavioral intentions were varied for each participant to mitigate any possible measurement effects of self-generated validity (Davis & Venkatesh, 1996; Feldman & Lynch, 1988). Social Network Measure The social network measure contained a list of all faculty members who shared departmental membership. The influence networks were based on two types of social ties: direct communication and behavioral visibility. Both of these sources of interpersonal influence are expected to carry information about the attitudes and behaviors of others within the network. Direct communication was operationalized by asking about whom an individual interacts on the issue of teaching. The indirect behavioral visibility link was operationalized by asking about

Authors: Wolski, Stacy.
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Influence Networks 14
Method
Participants
Network data were collected from faculty at a large southwest university who held Full,
Associate, Assistant, and Adjunct teaching positions during the Fall 2001 term. Of these
individuals, those who intended to teach during the Spring 2002 term were included in this study.
Participants were grouped according to departmental membership. One hundred fifteen
participants completed the survey, consisting of thirty-nine full professors, twenty-seven
associate professors, twenty-six assistant professors, and twenty-three adjunct or visiting
professors.
Measures
The survey included the following measures: a social network measure for each academic
department, behavioral attitudes, measures of subjective norm (consisting of perceived others’
behavioral attitudes and motivation to comply with each individual identified in the social
network measure), and measures of behavioral intentions. Measures of attitude, subjective norm,
and behavioral intentions were varied for each participant to mitigate any possible measurement
effects of self-generated validity (Davis & Venkatesh, 1996; Feldman & Lynch, 1988).
Social Network Measure
The social network measure contained a list of all faculty members who shared
departmental membership. The influence networks were based on two types of social ties: direct
communication and behavioral visibility. Both of these sources of interpersonal influence are
expected to carry information about the attitudes and behaviors of others within the network.
Direct communication was operationalized by asking about whom an individual interacts on the
issue of teaching. The indirect behavioral visibility link was operationalized by asking about


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