Recently, I’ve been having conversations about the teaching, or lack of a social network analysis course in business schools both in the graduate and undergraduate levels. I really don’t think enough is being done or that there is an active effort to bring about this powerful science to the hands of future business executives, managers, and professionals.
First of all a simple search on indeed.com for the keywords social network analysis reveals several thousand jobs available in a variety of areas. It’s true that the job set is very diverse covering everything from intelligence analysis to marketing, and it’s true that most job are not solely focused [...]
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 [...]
Organizational network analysis has been an important part of my life and career for a number of years now. I wrote my first Master’s thesis on it, and continue to use the method in most if not all of my consulting engagements. It’s a powerful tool.
But so many people don’t have a foundation to help them begin studying it on their own so I thought I’d provide them with a small posting with basic explanations and a few references, to help them begin their network journey.
First let’s provide an overview of the discipline.The large majority of social sciences, including human resources, carry within them an assumption that actors [...]
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