Different ways to form social ties between people and groups

Jason Yip
Sep 30, 2023

Via Organizational Analysis | Coursera

  • Propinquity — We tend to form close relationships with people we frequently encounter.
  • Homophily —We tend to like people who are similar to ourselves.
  • Exchange — “I give you X for Y.”
  • Reciprocity — If someone does something positive for us, we tend to want to do something positive for them in return.
  • Control — Forming a relationship for interpersonal advantage or status.
  • Balance / transitivity — Friend of a friend is my friend; enemy of my enemy is my friend.
  • Cultural practices and norms — In this activity, I’m supposed to have this kind of relationship. For this role, I’m supposed to have this relationship.

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Jason Yip

Senior Manager Product Engineering at Grainger. Extreme Programming, Agile, Lean guy. Ex-Spotify, ex-ThoughtWorks, ex-CruiseControl