Developing a truly cohesive team is probably one of the most challenging tasks a typical manager will face throughout her career (hey, sorry but we get a little into advanced statistics in this post. Please bear with it). The challenges in team development are numerous, including things like:employees not getting along lack of coordination and communication between new and sometimes tenured team members political game-play and power collection lack of skill/role integration
Now a team could be a as small as 2 members or as large as a hundred or so. Teams by definition are project oriented, meaning they come together for a purpose and generally speaking [...]
Gandal et al. (2009) performed an interesting study regarding knowledge creation and its effects on change through the use of an organizational network analysis. Through the use of an organizational network analysis, they were able to discern the type of network structure necessary for successful change management and identify behaviors of information gate keepers that stifle progress. In this particular case, the researchers concluded that gatekeepers or brokers of knowledge in a given network are still considered to be central to that network’s function, even when an abundant resource such as the internet is freely available, to provide all members [...]
This case study came up in my research as I was looking at examples of organizational network analysis driven change management and I thought it would be good to share it here. I found it in an old copy of Rob Cross’ book.
The case itself focuses on conducting organizational network analysis on a $1 billion provider of information technology consulting services who in late 2005 had launched a strategic initiative to change from a region-centric organizational structure to a matrix organization.
An organizational network analysis was conducted for the top 250 executives in [...]
When Granovetter came up with his strength of weak ties theory back in 1973, the Internet wasn’t around and Internet technologies such as the semiconductor which was used to build computers were still in their early stages of development and testing.
Back then, relationships had to form face-to-face or through direct referrals that did not involve (digital) electronic methods of communication – in other words they were a little bit harder and more time-consuming to develop. But isn’t that precisely what Granovetter’s strength of weak ties theory was built on: The idea that unique information comes from weak ties (not easily [...]
One of the most important applications of network science is the ability to apply it to organizations-a specialty of mine. A while ago I wrote a (pretty long) white paper to help explain the importance and immense value that organizational network analysis provides to managing change within organizations.
Traditional change management theories’ purpose is to provide sustainable change for organizations that puts them in a better position for some goal like growth, expansion, or creating a better product.
But, once theory is applied to real world situations, it generally fails in being able to accomplish successful and [...]
For weeks now we have been watching with awe, and dismay as the National Security Administration (NSA) spying program story unfolds. For scientists and practitioners that work with social and organizational network analysis it is especially important for us to be engaged in this topic and to realize that the methods that we spend an uncounted amount time of our professional and academic lives, studying, developing, promoting and practicing are being used as a weapon to spy on fellow American citizens.
What I’ve done in this post is try to explain how “meta data” analysis works for those who are not in the field. I [...]