The Hidden Power of Social Networks: Understanding How Work Really Gets Done in Organizations

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A powerful, visual framework helps managers discover how employees really communicate and collaborate to get work done - and helps them identify ways they can influence these social networks to improve performance and innovation. In "The Hidden Power of Social Networks", Cross and Parker, experts in "social network analysis"—a technique that visually maps relationships between people in large, distributed groups - apply this powerful tool to management for the first time. Based on their in-depth study of sixty ...
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Overview


A powerful, visual framework helps managers discover how employees really communicate and collaborate to get work done - and helps them identify ways they can influence these social networks to improve performance and innovation. In "The Hidden Power of Social Networks", Cross and Parker, experts in "social network analysis"—a technique that visually maps relationships between people in large, distributed groups - apply this powerful tool to management for the first time. Based on their in-depth study of sixty informal employee networks in well-known companies around the world, Cross and Parker show managers how to conduct a social network analysis of their organization.
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Editorial Reviews

Time Magazine
When networks organize themselves, they can drain coordination, learning and performance. The solution...is to make the network visible.
CIO Magazine
Cross and Parker offer managers suggestions for improving their organizations' social networks.
Soundview Executive Book Summaries
Research consultants Rob Cross and Andrew Parker have performed a study of more than 60 informal networks within organizations around the world and have found that most managers do not understand how these "invisible" social networks really work. To help managers find, analyze and support these employee networks, the authors describe the specific actions that managers can take to energize them and help them become more efficient, productive and innovative. Copyright © 2004 Soundview Executive Book Summaries
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591392705
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 333,174
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author


Rob Cross is an assistant professor at the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce in Charlottesville. Andrew Parker is a Research Consultant with the IBM Knowledge and Organizational Forum in Cambridge.
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Table of Contents

Preface

Part 1 How Work Really Gets Done in Organizations

Chapter 1 The Hidden Power of Social Networks

Chapter 2 Across the Great Divide: Finding and Fixing Critical Disconnects in Organizations

Chapter 3 Knowing What We Know: Developing a Sense and Respond Organizational Capability

Chapter 4 Charged Up: Creating Energy in Organizations

Part 2 How Managers Manage Social Networks

Chapter 5 Pinpointing the Problem: Improving Networks through Individuals

Chapter 6 Building Bridges: Initiating, Developing and Maintaining Networks

Chapter 7 Breaking the Mold:Aligning Organizational Context To Sustain Appropriate Network Patterns

Chapter 8 Uncharted Territory: The Future and Challenges of Networks in Organizations

Appendix A Conducting and Interpreting Social Network Analysis

Appendix B Tools for Promoting Network Connectivity

Notes

Bibliography

About the Authors

Index

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