Our 21 networks
There are lots of different ways to look at an organisation or business ecosystem. To date, we have identified 21 different views of an organisation that are important for leaders:
- Seven views that show the overall position of the organisation and its context
- Seven views that show how the organisation really operates to create value
- Seven views that show how the people in the organisation work together and shape its culture
Each of these views is presented as a "separate" network with bespoke analytics and reports. Collectively they provide a complete view of the organisation as a network. Each of these views, and some example networks, are described in more detail below.
Strategic views of the organisation
The following networks provide a whole of organisation perspective that put the organisation in context.
Governance: Board, Management and Owners form an Investor / ownership network, i.e. the owners and officers of the organisation have interests in other organisations as well
Markets and Customers: this includes the network connecting an organisation to it's own customers. It includes the communication and information sharing between customers of a traditional organisation
Competitors: a company's relative position versus competitors including new entrants and substitutes
Supply Chain: the external Supply chain, including partners
Government and Regulation: relationships with and between Government, regulation and the law
Brand Reputation: online social media networks (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube)
Research and Development: external research and development networks, including how the organisation is connected to the R&D community
Operational Views of the Organisation
The following networks describe the flows of knowledge and goods between groups in the organisation.
Information Technology: the systems network
Risk: internal controls, approvals and risk management processes
Electronic Communication: this includes email, Slack, Yammer and other platforms used for electronic communication
Innovation: how are new ideas generated, shared and executed on within the organisation?
Financial: the intra-organisational flow of funds, i.e. revenue and expenses
Projects: typically a mapping of employees and/or teams to projects / initiatives
Content: relationships between individuals and teams and content, i.e. who is working / has worked on which documents / content?
Human views of the organisation
The following networks describe the real relationships across the organisation. Collectively, they allow analysis of the real culture of an organisation.
Individual: the personal network of each individual in the organisation
Formal: the organisational hierarchy, i.e. who reports to whom
Social: the “friendship” network in the organisation
Technical: the advice and expertise network
Trust: who trusts / mistrusts whom in the organisation
Physical: who is proximate to who based on the office layout and who meets in person
Identity: networks that connect based on identity, e.g. gender, ethnicity, other areas of diversity etc.