Monday, April 10, 2006

Living Bibliography for Leadership Network Development

I am still glowing (in an exhausted kind of way) from Creating Space VII--the annual meeting of the Leadership Learning Community (LLC), which was Wed-Fri last week in Durham, NC. Many, many thanks to Claire Reinelt (Research and Evaluation Director at LLC) for inviting me into the work of this community.

As part of our presentation on leadership networks, Claire and I shared the following list of resources. I'd especially like to highlight our Leadership Network Annotated Bibliography, which includes a link to our leader network online survey template, which you are free to copy and adapt for your own use.

Resources for Social Network Analysis
Presented at Creating Space VII
April 7, 2006

By Bruce Hoppe and Claire Reinelt

Reading on the Internet

There is a lot of good information on social network analysis available for free on the Internet. Start your web-surfing at
These two sites are filled with pointers to help professionals build organizational capacity and leadership using social network analysis. They include pointers to the following sites:
Popular Software Tools for Visualizing Social Networks
  • UCINET is the most popular and full-featured system for social network analysis. It is a comprehensive system designed by academics for academics, with a very steep learning curve that can easily discourage novices. It costs $250. UCINET has a healthy (and quite technical) users group.
  • NetDraw is the visual interface to UCINET. It is quite useful as a stand-alone network analysis tool, very easy to use, and completely free.
  • InFlow is another user-friendly SNA software tool. It is designed with business professionals in mind who do not want to sift through unnecessarily academic features. It costs $995.
  • NetMiner is designed for exploratory visual analysis. If you ask who are the key players in an organization, NetMiner draws an interactive picture highlighting them, whereas other packages give you numerical rankings. NetMiner is full-featured like UCINET, with a learning curve just as steep. It costs $950.
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1 comment:

bottled-imp said...

Hi Bruce, strange that I did not find your site earlier. I am currently finishing my dissertation on network analysis and entrepreneurship in a traditional sector in india. Looking forward to read all your posts.