Review of the application of social network analysis (SNA) in construction project management research

Xian Zheng, Yun Le, Ping Chuen Chan, Yi Hu, Yongkui Li

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However, a thorough review of SNA application in CPM research is unavailable. This study aims to address this gap by reviewing 63 SNA papers published in eight peer-reviewed journals from 1997 to 2015 to ascertain the status of this research area and identify future research directions. The papers are analyzed in terms of institutional and individual contribution, citations, topic coverage and research design and methodologies. Three research directions, namely, internal stakeholder networks for outcome-related values, external stakeholder networks for process-related values, and external stakeholder networks for outcome-related values, are identified. The findings of this study are believed to provide useful references for the future application of SNA in CPM research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1214-1225
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016


  • Construction project management
  • Review
  • Social network analysis
  • Stakeholder theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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