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 [...]
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