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 analysis in the [...]
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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