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The Network Challenge: Strategy, Profit, and Risk in an Interlinked World by Robert E. Gunther, Yoram Wind, Paul R. Kleindorfer

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19. Missing the Forest for the Trees: Network-Based HR Strategies

Valery YakubovichRyan Burg

Abstract

Although any manager would recognize the importance of “networking” in finding, developing, and retaining employees, human resource management traditionally has focused on individuals. In this chapter, Yakubovich and Burg point out that core HR processes such as recruitment and hiring, training and development, performance management, and retention all depend on networks. They consider the importance of weak ties in matching employees with jobs and “structural holes” in promoting creativity. They urge managers to make the shift from an atomized view to a network view of human resources—from focusing on the “trees” to understanding the “forest.” ...

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