Seeing the networks in your company

Thus far we have assumed that we had network data. But data like the “Professionals” was gathered using a survey in a real organization. In this post I will walk you through the process of creating a simple network survey in SurveyMonkey (a web based survey application) and analyzing the responses from the survey using R. […]

The organization behind the chart, an assignment.

Network analysis has permeated the analytical toolbox of many of the world’s most innovative companies. Firms, both large and small, have begun to use the tools of social network analysis (SNA) to understand the collaborative structure within their organizations and the collaborative and competitive structures in their respective markets. In the early days of SNA […]

Creating value for others

One of the most important resources you have for creating value is your social network. And one of the most important ways that you can create value is by understanding the goals and needs of people you know and using your own network to help them meet those goals in ways that only you can […]

Understanding Your Network

For this assignment, I want you to draw your advice network and friendship network out to two degrees. That is, enumerate your friends (and advice givers) and the relationships they have among each other, but also try to enumerate your friends’ friends (even the ones that you may not be friends with) and the connections […]

Seeing networks clearly

A practical challenge people have when they enter a new firm, school or social organization is figuring out how things “work” there. Sometimes you might ask yourself “how do I get people on board with my new idea” or “who really makes the decisions here” or “who should I talk to in order to get the […]

Managing Social Networks in Organizations, MBA Syllabus

This course is designed to improve your effectiveness as a manager by introducing you to the science of social network analysis. Over the 8 sessions that make up the course, you will learn how to: Evaluate and optimize your own networks for acquiring novel information, exercising influence, and creating value for others. Use networks to […]

Everyone should learn about social networks

For six years, I have taught network theory to MBA students at Stanford Business School. While there is no doubt in my mind that MBA students (and especially those leading business schools) have excellent networks, the conventional wisdom that students come in with is that having good networks is mainly about two things: (1) being good at […]