Resource characteristics in social exchange networks: Implications for positional advantage

David R. Schaefer

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Despite the wide range of resources that traverse social networks, social exchange research has focused on only a narrow subset. Notably, prior social exchange research has not considered resources like information that have the capacity to diffuse through networks. The current study investigates how differences between the standard social exchange resource and an information-type resource affect the advantage provided by one's network position. Results of a laboratory experiment support predictions and offer two new insights to the foundations of positional advantage: (1) the location of advantageous positions in a network differs by resource characteristics, and (2) only in particular situations is a single position able to experience high levels of both power and exchange frequency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-151
Number of pages9
JournalSocial Networks
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2011


  • Advantage
  • Information
  • Power
  • Resources
  • Social exchange

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Psychology


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