How can you develop your team’s social capital?

The success of your team’s work does not only depend on each members expertise, but also on your team’s social capital. Your team’s social capital is the combined resources your team has access to through the relationships team members have with each other and with people from other business units, organizations, and communities. Hence, a…

What is your social capital?

Everyone has social capital. It is the resources you can access thanks to the relationships we have. It is perfectly human to use these resources to help you share your goals. In return, you have to share your resources with your connection to help them reach their goals. This post explains how you can measure your social capital.

5 reasons for seeking information

Many people cringe when they hear the word networking. Net-work-ing. Let it sink in. Do you get that picture of business cards in your pocket, drink in your sweaty hand, and a feeling on anguish or disgust on your face while looking at other people happily talking with each other, apparently engaged in meaningful conversations….

How does information flow in your company?

Organizational charts are common in companies. They depict the reporting relationships and should accurately represent who is talking with whom, who is in the know of everything, and who are the people at the periphery of the organization. However, often the real communication network is different to the organizational chart. Knowing how information really flows…

Social Network Theories

I have often been confronted by colleagues with the argument that social network analysis is only a method. Over time I became more annoyed with that point. Social network analysis goes beyond this. Yes, it is a method, but it is also a perspective, a framework, with which the world can be analyzed. To underline…

Strong Ties and Creativity

If you look for help on how to be more creative, the standard advise is to combine existing knowledge, tools, programs – you name it – in a new way. That’s what Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee argue in The Second Machine Age. But the same message is taught by Frans Johnsson in The Medici…

How to Create and Sustain your Startup: Wisdom from Team Science

Successful collaboration are not the result of random encounters. They are not. Encounters that appear like coincidences are in reality the workings of social network mechanisms. I don’t mean social networks as in social networks sites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter), but as in the connection between individuals, connections that existed well before network sites visualized these connections…