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Eric Lesser and Lawrence Prusak

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195165128

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195165128.001.0001

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Six Myths about Informal Networks— and How to Overcome Them

Six Myths about Informal Networks— and How to Overcome Them

(p.47) 4 Six Myths about Informal Networks— and How to Overcome Them
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This chapter dispels six commonly held assumptions about networks in organizations. These myths include: (i) to build better networks, we have to communicate more; (ii) everyone should be connected to everyone else; (iii) we can't do much to aid informal networks; (iv) how people fit into networks is a matter of personality (which can't be changed); (v) central people who have become bottlenecks should make themselves more accessible; and (vi) I already know what is going on in my network.

Keywords:   networks, organizational communication, collaboration, knowledge sharing

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