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The NTL Handbook of Organization Development and Change: Principles, Practices, and Perspectives, 2nd Edition by Michael Brazzel, Brenda B. Jones

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CHAPTER TWENTY-NINEORGANIZATION NETWORK DYNAMICS AND ANALYSIS

Maya Townsend

People use webs of connections every day to solve problems, innovate, make decisions, and complete routine tasks. Every time they do so, they tap into networks.

OD practitioners have known that networks existed for years and called them “informal organizations,” depicted them with elementary sociograms, and encouraged people to identify their circles of influence. All of those forays into organizational network application have advanced our knowledge. Today, with research from academia and advances in technology, OD practitioners have a robust theory base supported by lab and field experiments and accessible tools for helping identify, diagnose, and leverage organization ...

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