What is Network Analysis?

And how would i use it?

Organization network analysis, in a stripped down definition, is the ability to judge how organizations functions as a network - how to visualize the relationships employees and teams leverage between them that allow organizations to be successful beyond their professional abilities and where, within a network context, there is ground to be gained.  Who talks to who? Who does everyone turn to routinely? Where is time being wasted? What is slowing down decisions? Put context behind the reams of analytic data most organizations are being overwhelmed by. 

Organization Network Analysis has been around since the 1960's - a school of thought many academic institutions focused on to be able to see both the causal effects in a network from a graphing theory standpoint as well as an attempt to be able to make more informed predictions on the outcomes of subsequent changes within the network.

Imagine trying to bring a product to market - across multiple teams and business units and regions - and despite process improvements and a host of technology linking the organization together - emails, chats, conference calls, continuously failing to meet deadlines for a viable product ready for market.  Instead of relying on "gut feelings" of what went wrong (or worse, who to blame), network analysis would be able to identify the communication breakdowns along the execution chain, show where decisions were being held up (and more importantly, why), and which people/teams were overwhelmed (or underutilized!).  

As you can imagine, the above just scratches the surface of how a customized network analysis study can be focused.  Looking at geographic dispersion impacts, mapping the new gig worker economy, mergers and acquisitions integration - the benefits of network analysis studies are far reaching.  

For more in-depth, specialized studies from across the field - please feel free to click on the Community Research page to discover more information of how network analysis studies are being applied.