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Six Myths about Informal Networks— and How to Overcome Them

ROB CROSS, NITIN NOHRIA and ANDREW PARKER

Edited by Laurence Prusak

in Creating Value with Knowledge

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195165128
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835751 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195165128.003.0004
 Six Myths about Informal Networks— and How to Overcome Them

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This chapter dispels six commonly held assumptions about networks in organizations. These myths include: (i) to build better networks, we have to communicate more; (ii) everyone should be connected to everyone else; (iii) we can't do much to aid informal networks; (iv) how people fit into networks is a matter of personality (which can't be changed); (v) central people who have become bottlenecks should make themselves more accessible; and (vi) I already know what is going on in my network.

Keywords: networks; organizational communication; collaboration; knowledge sharing

Chapter.  6044 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Financial Markets

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