Yesterday we had a brief mention (by Steve Borgatti) of the fact that networks are gaining importance because we are beginning to understand that network make up nature.
I spent the last day or so unpacking that and thinking back on what got me into social network analysis in the first place. As a physicist and a former engineering working in manufacturing I recognized early on that influence—what I called politics, at the time, was a dominating force in the workplace. And, almost always, influence came down to networks.
The whole discussion reminded me of why I got into social network analysis and organizational network [...]
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 [...]