This course explores networks and how managers and organizations can navigate them to produce successful strategic innovation outcomes. Although managers are increasingly aware of the importance of social relations for the inner-workings of the organization, they often lack insights and tools to analyze, influence or even create these networks. This course draws on insights from social network theory; insights sharpened by research in a number of different empirical settings including production, engineering, financial services, consulting, and R&D/hi-tech organizations.
- About social network theory
- How networked organizations are resilient and innovative
- How social network theory applies to both networks of independent associates as it does to traditional organizations