Social Networks and Market Competition


This PhD course aims to introduce students to theory and research on Social Networks.


The course offers a comprehensive survey of social network analysis.

Network analysis is the study of how the social structure of relationships around a person, group, or organization affects beliefs, behavior, and performance.

Although the primary focus of this course is on the antecedents and consequences of networks among business organizations, the course should be of interest to students in all the social sciences.

The main goal of the course is to give students a deep understanding of network theory, focusing in particular on the theoretical mechanisms that account for why social networks affect behavior and performance.

We will read both foundational network theory and more recent empirical applications from a variety of disciplines, such as strategy, organization theory, sociology, and economics.


Participants are asked to write and present a research paper using the Social Network theories introduced in the course on a their own research question.


Selected number of publications in top journals including a few introductory readings.

Additional info

The timetable for this course can be found in the EUR course guide.

ERIM PhD candidates and Research Master students can register for this course via Osiris Student.

External (non-ERIM) participants are welcome to this course. To register, please fill in the registration form and e-mail it to the ERIM Doctoral Office by four weeks prior to the start of the course. For external participants, the course fee is 260 euro per ECTS credit.