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Networks, as a theoretical perspective, analytical construct, methodological approach, and pragmatic concern, have been important to a wide variety of communication research concerns, including small groups, R&D collaboration, organizational communication, organizational structure and relations, and numerous other topics such as diffusion of innovations and national development. The breadth and depth of network-oriented research in the communication sciences is too vast to even outline in a single chapter. Rather, this chapter limits its focus to one specific, but new and growing area of interest: the adoption, uses, and implications of computer-mediated communication (CMC) systems.

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