Networks in the Knowledge Economy

Networks in the Knowledge Economy

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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 more

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  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 162.6 x 236.2 x 27.9mm | 657.72g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 37 line illus
  • 0195159500
  • 9780195159509

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The book is a well-conceived and executed discussion of social networking from an organizational perspective. The editors chose previously published articles as their threads, then proceeded to weave a vibrant and well designed tapestry that gives readers a sense of theoretic richness accompanied by a fine-grained definition achieved through their selection of empirically based studies." -Academy of Management more

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Contents ; Contributors ; Introduction ; PART I ; SOCIAL NETWORKS AS IMPORTANT INDIVIDUAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL ASSETS ; 1. The Social Structure of Competition ; 2. Social Capital in the Creation of Human Capital ; 3. The Strength of Strong Ties: The Importance of Philos in Organizations ; PART II ; SOCIAL NETWORK IMPLICATIONS FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND SHARING ; 4. The Strength of Weak Ties ; 5. Diffusion Networks ; 6. Designs for Working: Why Your Bosses Want to Turn Your New Office into Greenwich Village ; 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? ; 8. Knowing What We Know: Supporting Knowledge Creation and Sharing in Social Networks ; PART III ; MANAGERIAL IMPLICATIONS OF SOCIAL NETWORKS IN ORGANIZATIONS ; 9. Informal Networks: The Company behind the Chart ; 10. The People Who Make Organizations Go-or Stop ; 11. Making Invisible Work Visible: Using Social Network Analysis to Support Strategic Collaboration ; 12. A Social Network Perspective on Human Resources Management ; 13. Constraints on the Interactive Organization as an Ideal Type ; INDEXshow more

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