The Ties of Meeting Leaders: A Social Network Analysis


This study extends meeting research by applying social network analysis to meeting leaders’ behavior in actual, videotaped meetings (N = 46) and examining the position of meeting leaders in the meeting network. Analyses reveal that meeting leaders are key players in meetings taking on the roles of central actor, broker, and elicitor. The role of central actor is linked to the number of planned actions during the meeting whereas the role of elicitor is associated with participants’ satisfaction with the meeting leader and team productivity after the meeting. Our study highlights the different roles meeting leaders need to juggle to run meetings effectively.

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Sauer, N. & Kauffeld, S. (2015). The Ties of Meeting Leaders: A Social Network Analysis. Psychology, 6, 415-434. doi: 10.4236/psych.2015.64039.

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