Networks in the Knowledge Economy / Edition 1

Networks in the Knowledge Economy / Edition 1

by Rob Cross, Robert L. Cross
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195159500

ISBN-13: 9780195159509

Pub. Date: 07/28/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In today's de-layered, knowledge-intensive organizations, most work of importance is heavily reliant on informal networks of employees within organizations. However, most organizations do not know how to effectively analyze this informal structure in ways that can have a positive impact on organizational performance. Networks in the Knowledge Economy is a

Overview

In today's de-layered, knowledge-intensive organizations, most work of importance is heavily reliant on informal networks of employees within organizations. However, most organizations do not know how to effectively analyze this informal structure in ways that can have a positive impact on organizational performance. Networks in the Knowledge Economy is a collection of readings on the application of social network analysis to managerial concerns. Social network analysis (SNA), a set of analytic tools that can be used to map networks of relationships, allows one to conduct very powerful assessments of information sharing within a network with relatively little effort. This approach makes the invisible web of relationships between people visible, helping managers make informed decisions for improving both their own and their group's performance. Networks in the Knowledge Economy is specifically concerned with networks inside of organizations and addresses three critical areas in the study of social networks: Social Networks as Important Individual and Organizational Assets, Social Network Implications for Knowledge Creation and Sharing, and Managerial Implications of Social Networks in Organizations. Professionals and students alike will find this book especially valuable, as it provides readings on the application of social network analysis that reflect managerial concerns.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195159509
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Contributors
Introduction, Ron Cross, Andrew Parker, and Lisa Sasson
Part I
Social Networks as Important Individual and Organizational Assets
1. The Social Structure of Competition, Ronald Burt
2. Social Capital in the Creation of Human Capital, James S. Coleman
3. The Strength of Strong Ties: The Importance of Philos in Organizations, David Krackhardt
Part II
Social Network Implications for Knowledge Creation and Sharing
4. The Strength of Weak Ties, Mark Granovetter
5. Diffusion Networks, Everett Rogers
6. Designs for Working: Why Your Bosses Want to Turn Your New Office into Greenwich Village, Malcolm Gladwell
7. Six Degrees of Lois Weisberg: She's a Grandmother, She Lives in a Big House in Chicago, and You've Never Heard of Her. Does She Run the World?, Malcolm Gladwell
8. Knowing What We Know: Supporting Knowledge Creation and Sharing in Social Networks, Rob Cross, Andrew Parker,Laurence Prusak, and Stephen P. Borgatti
Part III
Managerial Implications of Social Networks in Organizations
9. Informal Networks: The Company behind the Chart, David Krackhardt and Jeffrey R. Hanson
10. The People Who Make Organizations Go—or Stop, Rob Cross and Laurence Prusak
11. Making Invisible Work Visible: Using Social Network Analysis to Support Strategic Collaboration, Rob Cross, Stephen P. Borgatti, and Andrew Parker
12. A Social Network Perspective on Human Resources Management, Daniel J. Brass
13. Constraints on the Interactive Organization as an Ideal Type, David Krackhardt
Index

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