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Workgroup Social Networks and I‐deals

Smriti Anand

Smriti Anand is an Associate Professor of Management at the Illinois Institute  of  Technology  Stuart  School  of  Business,  Chicago.  Her  research  interests  include  leadership,  diversity, and  non‐traditional work arrangements  (i‐deals) with  particular  focus  on multi‐level  and  cross‐cultural  frameworks.  Her  research  has  been  published  in  leading  journals  of  management, such as the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Applied Psychology,  and The Leadership Quarterly. Smriti is currently an Associate Editor for Human Relations journal.   

Smriti won the SHRM dissertation grant award and the SIOP dissertation grant award in 2011.  She is a SIOP scholar, and has  received a 2011 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research  Award  in  Human  Resource  Management.  She  has  also  won  multiple  grant  awards  from  GMAC/MERI  (2011‐14),  CHRM  (2006 &  2007),  and  IIT  (summer  research  2017,  and  teaching  innovation  2018).  In  Spring  2016,  She  won  Stuart  School  of  Business  Excellence  in  Teaching Award, and she was chosen Beta Gamma Sigma Professor of the Year by the Illinois Tech chapter  in Spring 2018.

Smriti holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering  from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School  of  Management,  and  a  Bachelor  of  Science  in  Electrical  Engineering  from  Ranchi  University  (India). She has over 10 years of high‐tech industry experience in diverse areas such as electrical  and  software engineering,  product  development, and marketing at  firms  such as Information  Resources, Inc. and Motorola, Inc.



Individually negotiated customized wrok arrangements or idiosyncratic deals (i-deals) are an increasingly common phenomenon in contemporary organizations. We propose that these deals are created and implemented in the social context of the workgroup, such that one's location in the social network of relationships within the group plays a key role in encouraging or deterring any i-deals. Drawing on social network theory, we propose that being central in trust network is positively associated with i-deals, whereas being central in hindrance network is negatively associated with i-deals. Further, both relationships are stronger in high potency workgroups. Results of hierarchical linear modeling analyses on data gathered from 421 focal employees and 424 peers nested in 29 workgroups supported these hypotheses.

May 15, 2020 - 16:00