Monday, March 23, 2009

SNA and Leadership Networks

Claire Reinelt and I are pleased to share our paper, "Social Network Analysis and the Evaluation of Leadership Networks, " which is due for publication in a special issue of Leadership Quarterly (Elsevier) on the topic of evaluating leadership. Look for it on news stands in early 2010.

Social Network Analysis and the Evaluation of Leadership Networks (PDF)
Bruce Hoppe, PhD
Connective Associates LLC
Claire Reinelt, PhD
Leadership Learning Community
Leadership development practitioners have become increasingly interested in networks as a way to strengthen relationships among leaders in fields, communities, and organizations. This paper offers a framework for conceptualizing different types of leadership networks and uses case examples to identify outcomes typically associated with each type of network. One challenge for the field of leadership development has been how to evaluate leadership networks. Social Network Analysis (SNA) is a promising evaluation approach that uses mathematics and visualization to represent the structure of relationships between people, organizations, goals, interests, and other entities within a larger system. Core social network concepts are introduced and explained to illuminate the value of SNA as an evaluation and capacity-building tool.

Table of Contents
Classifying Leadership Networks3
Introducing Social Network Analysis4
Evaluating Leadership Networks8
Peer Leadership Networks10
Organizational Leadership Networks14
Field-Policy Leadership Networks19
Collective Leadership Networks24
Issues and Risks of SNA28
Future research33

Full Paper here.

It has been great to work with Claire on this paper, and we are grateful to the folks at Leadership Quarterly for providing us with helpful editorial suggestions and generous permission to post this version of the paper.

Stay tuned for posts about specific excerpts & themes of the paper...

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License and is copyrighted (c) 2009 by Connective Associates LLC except where otherwise noted.

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