Category Archives: Networks

Communities and Networks

In Communities and Networks, Katherine Giuffre takes the science of social network analysis and applies it to key issues of living in communities, especially in urban areas, exploring questions such as: How do communities shape our lives and identities? How … Continue reading


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Thinking Like a Network

“Relationship is the fundamental truth of this world of appearance,” – Tagore Over the past several years of supporting networks for social change, we at IISC have been constantly evolving our understanding of what is new and different when we call … Continue reading

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Toward a Network Perspective of the Study of Resilience in Social-Ecological Systems

Formal models used to study the of resilience social-ecological systems have not explicitly included important structural characteristics of this type of system. In this paper, we propose a network perspective for social-ecological systems that enables us to better focus on the … Continue reading

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Cohesion – The Making of Society

This book attempts to address some of the interesting questions that revolve around the formation and dissolution of human societies in general. Specifically whether, and how, we can shape the nature of cohesion present in modern societies. Some example questions … Continue reading

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The Hidden Power of Social Networks: Understanding How Work Really Gets Done in Organizations

In today’s flatter organizations, collaboration in employee networks has become critical to innovation and to both individual and company wide performance. Executives spend millions on new organizational designs, cultural initiatives, and technologies to promote the sharing of knowledge and expertise … Continue reading

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In networks, cooperation trumps collaboration

In networks, cooperation trumps collaboration. Collaboration happens around some kind of plan or structure, while cooperation presumes the freedom of individuals to join and participate. Cooperation is a driver of creativity. Stephen Downes commented here on the differences: collaboration means … Continue reading

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Structure and Overlaps of Communities in Networks

One of the main organizing principles in real-world social, information and technological networks is that of network communities, where sets of nodes organize into densely linked clusters. Even though detection of such communities is of great interest, understanding the structure … Continue reading

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Organizing with Networks, Teams, Self Organizing and Empowerment

Networks and teams have become central in the way we organize ourselves inside and between organizations. With Kurt Lewin’s idea that there is nothing as useful as a good theory, it is remarkable that both the concept of networks and … Continue reading

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Tribes, Institutions, Markets, Networks – A framework about Societal Evolution

What forms account for the organization of societies?  How have people organized their societies across the ages?  The answer may be reduced to four basic forms of organization: the kinship-based tribe, as denoted by the structure of extended families, clans, … Continue reading

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Uncovering space-independent communities in spatial networks

Read Many complex systems are organized in the form of a network embedded in space. Important examples include the physical Internet infrastructure, road networks, flight connections, brain functional networks, and social networks. The effect of space on network topology has … Continue reading

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