- I plan to build a two-mode network demonstrating board members’ connections to corporations and political institutions. I will examine the board members for top German and Russian companies, as well as leadership in German lobby and interest groups.
- What will be the most important network measures? The network map will be important in itself in indicating key power players and institutions. Also, after converting the network from a two-mode to one-mode networks, centrality measures will be important quantifying power and influence.
- What data do you need? Easy/hard to get? I was unable to find a database listing German board members and their affiliations. However, board membership is well documented on corporate websites. Lobby and interest group membership is also listed on the EU transparency register. While it may take time to compile, it is easy to find.
- What will the SNA help you do? SNA will help me identify key players and institutions in German-Russian geo-economics.
Conclusion: With national interest influenced strongly by economic interests, Germany can be a confusing diplomatic partner at times. However, highlighting key areas of overlap in business and politics may help isolate whose influence is worth swaying on key initiatives.