Social Network Analysis with the Net-map Tool - A Systematic Review
Athena Birkenberg1, Regina Birner1, Santiago Morales1, Christine Bosch1, Lilli Scheiterle2
1University of Hohenheim, Inst. of Agric. Sci. in the Tropics (Hans-Ruthenberg-Institute), Germany
As participatory and visual social network mapping tool, Net-Map combines participatory action research, stakeholder and social network analysis with a sociological analysis of power relations. During group or individual interviews, Net-Maps help in identifying and visualising what actors are involved in a given network, how they are linked, how influential they are with regards to a specific outcome, and what their goals are. Since its development in 2006, there has been an increasing number of applications of Net-Map as research method and as tool to support project management and organisational development. Remaining challenges in the application of the tool include group dynamics which can hinder systematic data collection, and the aggregation and comparability of maps during data analysis. The proposed paper has the objectives to (i) describe the origins of Net-Map, (ii) review its current applications, and (iii) derive implications for its future use. We carry out a systematic review of 86 peer-reviewed articles using Net-Map.
Keywords: Governance, mixed methods, social networks
Contact Address: Christine Bosch, University of Hohenheim, Inst. of Agric. Sci. in the Tropics (Hans-Ruthenberg-Institute), Germany, Wollgrasweg 43, 70599 Stuttgart, Germany, e-mail: christine.boschuni-hohenheim.de