mario small discusses research method
Mario Small with the Hoosier Protection Service
Last Friday, orghead Mario Small gave a talk at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, jointly sponsored by sociology. He gave a wonderful talk on his new research on social capital in organizational settings. I won’t go into that, you should read the book.
I will mention one valuable exchange. One of our post-doctoral visitors asked about his field site. Do the lessons from child care centers and tie formation carry over to other settings? Mario roughly said the following:
When thinking about field research, we often confuse the place of observation with the unit of analysis. In other words, we observed interactions, not child care centers. If we observe interactions in other places that also have similar characteristics, it is fair to ask if we observe the same outcomes. In other studies of similar interactions, there is some support for my main ideas.
Good point. Also check out Mario’s blog.