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Author : George S. Day
language : en
Publisher: Pearson Education
Release Date : 2009-05-19

The Network Challenge Chapter 16 written by George S. Day and has been published by Pearson Education this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2009-05-19 with Business & Economics categories.


Although networks in key business areas such as communications, supply chains, R&D, and sales are designed to improve the flow of information, people, or goods, they can also be used to improve the “peripheral vision” of the organization. In this chapter, the authors examine how networks can be used by organizations to scan, sense, and adapt to new and important signals from the organization’s strategic environment beyond its core focus. The first part of the chapter emphasizes the importance of peripheral vision in helping organizations not being blindsided by threats while seeing new opportunities sooner. The authors examine some key obstacles to using networks to better mine the periphery for early insight. They then explore how extended networks can help the organization be a responsive open system adapting faster to changes in the environment. They examine to what extent network constructs such as centrality, hierarchy, self-healing, distributed intelligence, multihoming, and latency can be used to improve organizational networks for scanning the periphery. The last section explores some of the leadership challenges associated with using networks to detect weak signals sooner.

The Network Challenge Chapter 24


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Author : Kevin Werbach
language : en
Publisher: Pearson Education
Release Date : 2009-05-19

The Network Challenge Chapter 24 written by Kevin Werbach and has been published by Pearson Education this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2009-05-19 with categories.


Telecommunications is a networked business, yet it traditionally has resisted a network-based view in its strategies and business models. In this chapter, Kevin Werbach explores this paradox, contrasting the worldview of Monists such as AT&T, who see the infrastructure as inseparable from the network, and Dualists such as Google, who see the network and its applications as distinct from the underlying infrastructure. Not surprisingly, AT&T is a proponent of “tiered access” whereas Google argues for “network neutrality.” Finally, Werbach examines how a more modular future might bridge the gap between those who seek to own and capitalize on the network and those who seek to expand it through more neutral offerings.

The Network Challenge Chapter 12


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Author : Colin Crook
language : en
Publisher: Pearson Education
Release Date : 2009-05-19

The Network Challenge Chapter 12 written by Colin Crook and has been published by Pearson Education this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2009-05-19 with Business & Economics categories.


Complexity theory offers valuable insights into the interactions of complex systems such as networked enterprises. Complexity theory addresses the “network effects” that result from interactions between many individual actors. This chapter examines the implications of this theory for business, and how these effects influence key management areas such as making sense, strategy, and organization. The author explores issues such as fads and crowds, using information and technology, and the use of agent-based simulations. Finally, he explores the shifts in management thinking, and business education, needed to utilize complexity theory--a shift in mental models that may be crucial to success in a networked world.

The Network Challenge Chapter 19


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Author : Valery Yakubovich
language : en
Publisher: Pearson Education
Release Date : 2009-05-19

The Network Challenge Chapter 19 written by Valery Yakubovich and has been published by Pearson Education this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2009-05-19 with Business & Economics categories.


Although any manager would recognize the importance of “networking” in finding, developing, and retaining employees, human resource management traditionally has focused on individuals. In this chapter, the authors point out that core HR processes such as recruitment and hiring, training and development, performance management, and retention all depend on networks. They consider the importance of weak ties in matching employees with jobs and “structural holes” in promoting creativity. They urge managers to make the shift from an atomized view to a network view of human resources--from focusing on the “trees” to understanding the “forest.” They show that networks can boost efficiency and productivity by facilitating information sharing, attracting talent, and strengthening employees’ commitment to the firm. But networks may also pose risks such as “lift-outs,” in which a departing employee takes other workers in his or her network. The authors explore how managers need to understand the impact of networks and how to “manage” them.

The Network Challenge Chapter 17


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Author : Yoram (Jerry) R. Wind
language : en
Publisher: Pearson Education
Release Date : 2009-05-19

The Network Challenge Chapter 17 written by Yoram (Jerry) R. Wind and has been published by Pearson Education this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2009-05-19 with Business & Economics categories.


If you accept, in the words of Thomas Friedman, that “the world is flat,” how do you need to reshape your organization, management, and thinking for this new terrain? This chapter offers strategies and insights on the capability for “network orchestration” that is essential in designing and managing networks that are centrally controlled. While most management education is focused on competition at the firm level, competition today is increasingly “network against network.” This changes the way we approach strategy, supply chains, building competencies, and managing enterprises. The authors examine the strategies used by successful networked companies in diverse industries. Effective network orchestration requires balancing control with empowerment of customers, suppliers, and entrepreneurial managers; and building value more from integration than specialization. While the traditional focus of core competencies has been at the firm level, the rise of networked organizations means that companies need to take a broader view. Success is based less on the competencies that the organization owns than those that it can connect to. This means that core competencies in network orchestration and learning may become increasingly important because these meta-competencies allow organizations to assemble and flexibly reconfigure the competencies needed to fulfill a customer-driven value chain.

The Network Challenge Chapter 23


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Author : Paul R. Kleindorfer
language : en
Publisher: Pearson Education
Release Date : 2009-05-19

The Network Challenge Chapter 23 written by Paul R. Kleindorfer and has been published by Pearson Education this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2009-05-19 with Business & Economics categories.


Logistics is at the center of network-based manufacturing strategies, linking manufacturing sources with intermediate and final markets. As global logistics networks have grown and developed, they also have presented new challenges in managing risk and volatility across these broad, global networks. In this chapter, Kleindorfer and Visvikis discuss changes in logistics and financial instruments such as derivatives that have emerged to value and hedge the cost of capacity and services in these markets. They trace the recent history of maritime logistics and describe the convergence and integration of the physical and financial networks that underlie the valuation and use of logistics services. Global logistics illustrates how network-based strategies have integrated financial and physical networks. It also shows the emerging tools and competencies that have been needed to manage new risks arising from these broader networks.

The Network Challenge Chapter 6


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Author : Sonia Kleindorfer
language : en
Publisher: Pearson Education
Release Date : 2009-05-19

The Network Challenge Chapter 6 written by Sonia Kleindorfer and has been published by Pearson Education this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2009-05-19 with Business & Economics categories.


Biology remains the most extensive and complex information network on the planet. This chapter examines the nature of biological networks, including their inherent stability and risks to their resilience. After a general introduction exploring networks and biological systems, this chapter reviews (1) the evolution of biological networks; (2) principles that govern biological networks; and (3) measures of stability, productivity, and efficiency in biological networks. The authors use examples from food (energy) transfer in rainforests and coral reefs, as well as the creation of a biological network through colonization in Darwin’s Finches of the Galapagos Islands. Research shows that while large biological networks are inherently unstable, some are more stable than others.