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  • zhannabaz
    Hi! May I also get a copy of a paper? It seems to be interesting and probably useful to me. ... opinions of ... mapping ... types ... paper at ... at Tata ...
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      Hi!
      May I also get a copy of a paper? It seems to be interesting and
      probably useful to me.

      --- In ona-prac@yahoogroups.com, "Karthikeyan Iyer" <iamkart@...> wrote:
      >
      > Hi,
      >
      >
      >
      > As part of our (Crafitti Consulting's) interest in value networks we are
      > attempting to look at different types of enterprise social networks and
      > their relevance to and impact on organizational forms. We used a survey
      > instrument based on the Analytic Hierarchy Process to solicit
      opinions of
      > experts in the area to get a preliminary understanding of potential
      mapping
      > and linkages. The results of this preliminary survey indicate that there
      > indeed is, in the minds of experts, some sort of mapping between the
      types
      > of social networks found in organizations and the nature or form of the
      > organization. We shared our preliminary research in the form of a
      paper at
      > the International Social Network Analysis Conference held recently
      at Tata
      > Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
      >
      >
      >
      > We are eager to pursue this line of thought further by getting a broader
      > spectrum of experts to opine on the same. In this context, I would
      like to
      > request your expert inputs on the question "What types
      >
      > of social networks (we have classified into five types) are most
      likely to
      > be found in what forms of organizations (classified into five types)?
      > Filling inputs in the survey instrument (an excel sheet
      >
      > that implements the Analytic Hierarchy Process) would take about an
      hour of
      > your time. If you are interested, I would be happy to send the survey
      > instrument over.
      >
      >
      >
      > I am not sharing the preliminary results right away in order not to bias
      > your opinion. Once I receive your inputs I will share the paper
      updated with
      > results from your inputs.
      >
      >
      >
      > The abstract of our paper is as follows:
      >
      >
      >
      > Abstract: Recent developments in society and business have triggered the
      > emergence of new forms of organizations, beyond the traditional
      hierarchical
      > form. A study of contemporary literature and industry practices
      reveals the
      > following distinct forms: hierarchical, ambidextrous, collaborative,
      > learning and emergent.
      >
      >
      >
      > Simultaneously, embedded within organizations are different types of
      social
      > networks. Our research indicates classifications of social networks
      along
      > three key dimensions - the type of response generated by these networks
      > (customized response, modular response and routine response), the
      centrality
      > of the networks (ego-centric, socio-centric and open networks) and the
      > network architecture (centralized networks, request-based networks,
      > hub-swarms and swarms).
      >
      >
      >
      > This paper examines the relevance of social network types to
      organizational
      > forms. We have designed a survey instrument based on the Analytic
      Hierarchy
      > Process to solicit opinions of experts in the above areas. Preliminary
      > results of this initial survey clearly indicate that specific
      combinations
      > of social network types are found in particular organization forms.
      > Potential applications of this study towards organizational design and
      > transformation are also explored in the paper.
      >
      >
      >
      > Thanks,
      >
      > Karthik.
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > Karthikeyan Iyer
      >
      > Founder Director, Co-Crafter
      >
      > Crafitti Consulting Private Limited "crafting innovation together"
      >
      > www.crafitti.com, kartzpot.blogspot.com, +91-97405-33255
      >
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