Personal Networks Research Program

The Personal Networks Research Program is one of the most significant social network analysis research projects undertaken in recent times. Directed by Associate Professor Rob Cross, the project included in-depth interviews with 160 organization and business leaders from around the world. The project was designed to understand the specific networking strategies and approaches applied by effective leaders. Below are a number of the case studies derived from the interviews along with some of the training and tool resources being created to help leaders put these strategies into practice.

Networks Help Successful People To…

Produce Innovative Solutions
Produce Innovative Solutions
Efficient and non-insular personal networks promote one's ability to frame/solve problems broadly and "see" unique opportunities.
Execute Work Efficiently
Execute Work Efficiently
Driving influence without authority and creating purpose built networks promotes ability to efficiently advance projects and drive results.
Build Trust and Energy to Create Pull in Networks
Build Trust and Energy to Create Pull in Networks
Creating awareness of expertise/reputation and energy in interactions attracts better information, opportunities and talent.
Generate Purpose and Manage Work/Life Interface
Generate Purpose and Manage Work/Life Interface
Building networks that provide a range of instrumental and expressive benefits positively impacts physical health and resilience/well-being.
Learn and Adapt In Experience
Learn and Adapt In Experience
Leveraging relationships to build capabilities in times of transition and avoiding de-railing network traps is critical to individual performance during change.
Training & Tools
Training & Tools
Learning and performance support resources to support the research program.