Modeling Temporal Interaction Dynamics in Organizational Settings

Nale Lehmann-Willenbrock, Joseph A. Allen

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Abstract

Most workplace phenomena take place in dynamic social settings and emerge over time, and scholars have repeatedly called for more research into the temporal dynamics of organizational behavior. One reason for this persistent research gap could be that organizational scholars are not aware of the methodological advances that are available today for modeling temporal interactions and detecting behavioral patterns that emerge over time. To facilitate such awareness, this Methods Corner contribution provides a hands-on tutorial for capturing and quantifying temporal behavioral patterns and for leveraging rich interaction data in organizational settings. We provide an overview of different approaches and methodologies for examining temporal interaction patterns, along with detailed information about the type of data that needs to be gathered in order to apply each method as well as the analytical steps (and available software options) involved in each method. Specifically, we discuss and illustrate lag sequential analysis, pattern analysis, statistical discourse analysis, and visualization methods for identifying temporal patterns in interaction data. We also provide key takeaways for integrating these methods more firmly in the field of organizational research and for moving interaction analytical research forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-344
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Business and Psychology
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018

Keywords

  • Behavioral observations
  • Interaction analysis
  • Pattern analysis
  • Software options
  • Temporal patterns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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