Six Myths about Informal Networks— and How to Overcome Them

Rob Cross, Nitin Nohria and Andrew Parker

in Creating Value with Knowledge

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195165128
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835751 | DOI:
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.  5928 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Financial Markets

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