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A Multilevel Study of Interpersonal Influence in Academic Influence Networks
Unformatted Document Text:  Influence Networks 15 whom an individual has general knowledge of the behavior enacted by networked others. Both of these dimensions were used to represent a social tie, and the social network for each department was constructed by summing the two networks. The wording of this measure was as follows: This measure contains a list of your fellow department members. Scan the list, and place a check by the names of the people with whom you have: (1a) had discussions with on the topics of teaching. and /or (1b) some knowledge about the teaching behaviors this person enacts, either through directly witnessing such behavior or by secondary means, such as hearing about one’s teaching practices from a second party. Attitude Attitude was measured by a general evaluation that captures one’s positive or negative orientation toward performing a behavior. The individual attitude measure included three seven- point Likert-type items designed to tap into a general behavioral evaluation. Each item was worded as: “I think that performing [behavior 1…7] is (useless/useful, unpleasant/pleasant, harmful/beneficial)”. A score of 1 indicated an unfavorable evaluation and a score of 7 indicated a favorable reaction. Motivation to comply Motivation to comply was measured by asking respondents to report the ‘likelihood to comply’ with connected others. These ratings were constrained to those who were chosen as ‘speak’ and ‘know’ connections because interpersonal influence is a function of who one interacts with, either through communication ties or through behavioral visibility. Motivation to comply with each identified other was assessed by one seven-point Likert-type scale, which read

Authors: Wolski, Stacy.
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Influence Networks 15
whom an individual has general knowledge of the behavior enacted by networked others. Both
of these dimensions were used to represent a social tie, and the social network for each
department was constructed by summing the two networks. The wording of this measure was as
follows:
This measure contains a list of your fellow department members. Scan the list, and place
a check by the names of the people with whom you have:
(1a) had discussions with on the topics of teaching.
and /or

(1b) some knowledge about the teaching behaviors this person enacts, either
through directly witnessing such behavior or by secondary means, such as hearing
about one’s teaching practices from a second party.
Attitude
Attitude was measured by a general evaluation that captures one’s positive or negative
orientation toward performing a behavior. The individual attitude measure included three seven-
point Likert-type items designed to tap into a general behavioral evaluation. Each item was
worded as: “I think that performing [behavior 1…7] is (useless/useful, unpleasant/pleasant,
harmful/beneficial)”. A score of 1 indicated an unfavorable evaluation and a score of 7 indicated
a favorable reaction.
Motivation to comply
Motivation to comply was measured by asking respondents to report the ‘likelihood to
comply’ with connected others. These ratings were constrained to those who were chosen as
‘speak’ and ‘know’ connections because interpersonal influence is a function of who one
interacts with, either through communication ties or through behavioral visibility. Motivation to
comply with each identified other was assessed by one seven-point Likert-type scale, which read


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