Table 2. Hypothesised influence of network characteristics on the performance of network functions.

Network function /
Network characteristic
Information
transmission
Deliberation Resilience Single-loop learning Double-loop learning
Homophily (average) + + + + º

Multiplexity
(average)

+ + + + – (+)

Relation of weak to strong ties

+ º º + (–)

Network size

+ + / –
(convex curve)
+ + + / –
(convex curve)

Density

++ + + +

Cohesion / absence of structural holes

+ ++ + +

Centralization

+ + +

(+) = high (low) values in the independent variable lead to high (low) values in the dependent variable.

() = vice versa.

(º) = no discernible, or unclear, influence.