Social Networks & The Diffusion of Ideas

Social Networks & The Diffusion of Ideas

Understanding the social networks in your organisation is central to increasing innovation and making the most of mass communication and technology, including social media.

“Ideas are like germs: they don’t diffuse through populations of people at random; they make their way through networks–that is, the relationships you have with people and the connections they have with others.” Forbes featured University of Chicago professor Ron Burt, who explains the need to broker relationships across social networks. ‘What a broker does is make a sticky information market more fluid. Great ideas will never move if we wait for them to be spoken in the same language.'”

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