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Social Network Analysis
November 16, 2011 - 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Learn about the hidden power of social networks and understand how work really gets done in the workplace.
•Social Network Analysis is a research method, different from social media. Participants will learn about this research method and how it is being used to better understand the power of workplace relationships and impact productivity and collaboration.
•Nancy Myers will share examples of Social Network Analysis and how it is being utilized to influence recruitment, retention and engagement in the workplace.
Employees in the workplace are connected to one another in various ways. These patterns of connection form a social space. A network connection involves any form of interpersonal interaction occurring between at least two people in the workplace network, such as giving advice, collaboration, or friendship. It has been demonstrated that these social networks can be associated with employee productivity, work satisfaction, and positive workplace climate. Using the process of social network analysis, OD practitioners and others can help discover the most powerful social networks in the workplace and their significance.
The health of the nation requires talented men and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. However, the recruitment and retention of women within STEM careers has been seriously lagging, even though the numbers of women receiving STEM degrees has increased significantly.
Nancy Myers, Director of Organization Development, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will present information on Social Network Analysis and how it might impact the recruitment and retention of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. She will discuss current initiatives the University is employing to increase faculty women in the STEM fields. Social Network Analysis, along with current workplace interventions, may serve as a springboard to better understand and impact the power of social networks to increase under-represented populations in key areas of the workplace.