Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies

2020 Edition
| Editors: Arthur Tatnall

Social Networks in Higher Education Management

  • Lucía Melián-AlzolaEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10576-1_227


A social network is a web-based application, a system of open relationships and exponential growth. On a social network, a user invites other users to establish an online connection via the platform. In turn, each user also creates their own group of contacts to create a network of connections (Assimakopoulos et al. 2017; Cheung et al. 2011). In the educational arena, a social network can also be a tool to support management decisions.


In recent years, universities have faced various changes and circumstances that have affected the formulation of strategies and operational management. Among such changes – varying in nature and geographical scope –are, for example, economic changes, changes in the regulation of the education system, or the internationalization of education (i.e., Daniel 2015; Uslu 2018). In this context of change, the digital context generates new challenges and opportunities that influence different areas of the university’s organization...

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  1. 1.Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran CanariaLas Palmas de Gran CanariaSpain

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  • Javier Osorio
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  1. 1.Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran CanariaCanariaSpain