Network Leadership Research

We’ve done a lot of research and written many papers over our decades of time studying networks. Topics range from network governance and communication to network trust and strategies. Here are all our peer-reviewed articles and other scientific papers free to read and use for non-commercial purposes. 

Publications

Partnerships for Recovery Across The Sectors (PRACTIS) Toolkit

This toolkit demonstrates how to use the PARTNER platform for coordinating and assessing recovery networks. Based on a partnership between VNL, RAND, and the NY State Health Department, the use case is focused on response networks after Hurricane Sandy.  The RAND Corporation, in partnership with

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Evaluating Networks using PARTNER
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Evaluating Networks Using PARTNER: A Social Network Evaluation Tool

Today, cross-sector partners are working together and utilizing a systems approach to solve and tackle complex social problems facing their communities. While building cross-sector organizational networks has become a best practice in solving complex problems, there is little guidance or evidence on how it can

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Structural Holes & Good Ideas

Structural holes are another network science theory that has a lot of significance for those building, managing and evaluating networks of community partners. In his original paper, Ronald Burt explains how intentionally building “holes” into your network saves times and resources while allowing brokers to

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The Strength of Weak Ties

The Strength of Weak Ties was one of the most important network science theories in existence. In 1973, Mark Granovetter wrote his landmark paper studying how people get jobs through their personal networks. Contrary to expectations, Mark found that people typically get new jobs through

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