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Blockchain and Social Integration Theory Featured

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According to Peter Peverelli, in his book titled Understanding the Basic Dynamic of Organizing, social integration theory is, in fact, another social network model. While people represent network nodes in conventional social network models, in social integration network graphs, social groups serve the same purpose as people. The former are the nodes. In this context, linking occurs by virtue of an individual’s inclusion in more than one social group. Case in point, when a person P belongs to a family unit and has a job, the two inclusions here will be ‘work’ and ‘family.’


During the interaction of P with members of these two inclusions, perceptions and ideas will be shared with other individuals, altering how members perceive reality, thereby improving the deduction process. One of the advantages of the social network model is its ability to showcase the nature of partnerships without indicating the network’s status quo. Additionally, as mentioned earlier, every inclusion has, theoretically, an infinite population. In this model, these people will only be indicated if the presently assessed situation demands that it be done.


A good example is how ‘work,’ in the given illustration, comes with co-workers though nobody knows who the janitor or the director is. Therefore, we have no idea what influence they may have in the organization and, as a result, will avoid drawing the individual in the social integration network graph, though we all know that there are other co-workers who influence how P interprets reality.


Peverelli further states that we need to conduct more studies on how to use the social integration model to formalize an instance’s history in a given social interaction and simulate a series of interconnection for social exchanges that end in a specific instance.


The blockchain can be interpreted in relation to the social integration model. As we discussed here, here, and here, the technology refers to the record of facts which have been duplicated over a plethora of computers organized in a P2P network. The consensus in this network connotes a block which has stark similarities with the aforementioned cognitive spaces. These terms are both used in place of groups of individuals who have the same perceptions of reality, that is, their sense-making process regarding a critical issue is identical.


P2P networks provide solutions for a tough computer science conundrum: how do we reconcile/resolve conflicts? The system has to contain metrics that determine what to validate when twin irreconcilable facts are recorded in the same instant. This solves the double spending dilemma. Lastly, let us discuss how the blockchain can facilitate open organizations.

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