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  • Personal intro Goals: attempt to explain networks, surprise to do it in under 10 minutes Intro to networks
  • Communication Networks

    1. 1. COMMUNICATION NETWORKS
    2. 2. Importance of Networks <ul><li>Systems of interconnected units </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to structure information exchange </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All groups function as networks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>understanding of how networks function </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Important to understand and use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to work within and manage networks </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Formal vs. Informal Formal Networks Informal Networks
    4. 4. FORMAL NETWORKS
    5. 5. Characteristics of Formal Networks <ul><li>Typically vertical </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the authority chain </li></ul><ul><li>Limited to task-related communications </li></ul>
    6. 6. Formal Networks The chain rigidly follows the formal chain of command.
    7. 7. Formal Networks The wheel relies on the leader to act as the central conduit for all the group’s communication.
    8. 8. Formal Networks The all-channel network permits all group members to communicate actively with each other.
    9. 9. Example of a Formal Network Formal networks structure is a base for most modern organizations.
    10. 10. Example of a Formal Network Governments are structured according to formal networks principles.
    11. 11. Let’s give it a try… F ormal chain of command R elies on the leader behind the wheel G roup members to communicate actively
    12. 12. INFORMAL NETWORKS
    13. 13. Example of an Informal Network
    14. 14. Characteristics of Informal Networks <ul><li>Free to move in any direction </li></ul><ul><li>Able to skip authority levels </li></ul><ul><li>Satisfy group members’ social needs </li></ul><ul><li>Helps with task accomplishments </li></ul>
    15. 15. Example of an Informal Network <ul><li>Grapevine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>N ot controlled by the management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trusted more by employees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is u sed to serve self-interest of members </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Example of an Informal Network <ul><li>Social Networking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>External rather than internal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distribute and find information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share and discuss </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connecting and growing </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Social Networks Examples Online
    18. 18. INTER RELATIONS
    19. 19. Comparing the two http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/article_page.aspx?ar=2051
    20. 20. Example of an Interrelated Network Multi-level marketing structures include both formal and informal networks.
    21. 21. Summary of Finding <ul><li>Every formal includes an informal </li></ul><ul><li>Not all informal include formal </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing types of networks is great </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding the correlation is great </li></ul><ul><li>Using this knowledge to facilitate communication in your company is huge </li></ul><ul><li>Growing vs. making stronger networks </li></ul>
    22. 22. Alex should be over 10 minutes by now. Somebody, please stop him. Questions?
    23. 23. Informal Networks
    24. 24. References <ul><li>http://www.soc.iastate.edu/ruralnetworks/transforminformal_6.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.iusb.edu/~sbres/randd/frgsample.PDF </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.corporatemeetings.com/displayarticle.asp?id=4661 </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.mckinseyquarterly.com /article_page.aspx?ar=2051 </li></ul>
    25. 25. References <ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites </li></ul>
    26. 26. Types of Formal Networks <ul><li>The chain rigidly follows the formal chain of command. </li></ul><ul><li>The wheel relies on the leader to act as the central conduit for all the group’s communication. </li></ul><ul><li>The all-channel network permits all group members to communicate actively with each other. </li></ul>
    27. 27. Activities performed in IN <ul><li>Rumors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>T o structure and reduce anxiety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>T o make sense of limited information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>T o serve as a vehicle to organize group members, and possibly outsiders, into coalitions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>T o signal a sender’s status </li></ul></ul>

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