In organizational life there are interpersonal networks, within and across organizations, and internationalizational networks, with exchanges of resources, alliances, and shared directors. Network thinking has a long history in sociology , such as the dynamics of triads and the “web of group affiliations.” New constructs such as resources dependence, institutional theory methodology, and computer power encouraged formal methods for network analysis, assessing relationships and structures, and testing new theories.
Networks provide a way to visualize and analyze patterns among relationships of the nodes (parts) and ties to determine distribution of information, resources, energy and authority. This type of network analysis has lead to further review of organization connectedness, including:
- formal and informal networks among members and units
- social network analysis to quantify position or importance of actors in the network
- characterization of technology, industry and product space
- types of ties among organizations
- organizational alliances, partnerships & affiliations
- review networks of organization distinct from functional, divisional or matrix form
- hybrid of ties among organizational units
- dynamic networks in industrial districts
- networks structures and differences depending on economies and politics
- cross-cultural comparisons of networks
- Setting up a personal learning network (PLN) – developing a PLN to meet your personal and professional goals
- Establishing a professional presence online –establishing you digital identity and presences online
- Selecting online networks & tools – where to start, tools, tips and social spaces
- Finding your voice – developing a sense of self in the community of practice and contributing to that shared community
- Network collaboration – being able to weave your online network to learn, grow, curate and contribute
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