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ERIC Number: EJ873264
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0969-6474
From Atomism to Networks in Social Systems
Snowden, David
Learning Organization, v12 n6 p552-562 2005
Purpose: The purpose of this article is to focus on the role of networks in organizations as a critical aspect of knowledge management and learning processes. Design/methodology/approach: The article has built on an established technique, namely SNA, by shifting from individuals to identities and then to abstractions. Findings: By making the shifts identified above, a solid and tool-rich body of research is used as a base on which to build, but in effect the focus is on using the network intelligence rather than assemblies of atomistic individual intelligences: the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, but only if one understands it as a whole. Originality/value: The article has focused on problem resolution, but the technique also shows potential as a generic innovation tool, and as a possible model to create an alternative mechanism for the distribution of funding within organizations including governments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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