Robb MacDonald <[log in to unmask]> wrote asking for help. I offered
to forward his message to SOCNET. He gladly accepted my offer. Here is
I am sending this message in hope that you can help direct my search for
information on networks and communication.
I am working on a project with an organization in Ontario called Literacy
Link South Central, which is one of 16 literacy network organizations
throughout the province. The networks function primarily as information
brokers for their members and funders.
This particular project is designed to help this network (and others like
it) assess their ability to take on new community partnerships. Many of
the networks have a small staff base and limited operating dollars and feel
like they are being pulled in too many
directions. Therefore, they want to better understand what it means (in
tim and money) to try to establish new relationships and to be able to support
themselves when they say "No, we can't take on any more."
At this point, I am working on a review of literature covering areas of
communication, organizational growth and network analysis. Several of the
key areas for which I am trying to find information are:
1) Introductory theory, tools and resources for mapping organizational
networks (especially for relatively simple people - i.e., me)
2) Quantitative measures/prescriptions for assessing the real or relative
requirements (time, money, communication, etc.) for developing and
sustaining organizational network ties
3) Tools and resources for evaluating network ties between organizations
(especially from financial and communication perspectives).
I hope this request makes sense and that you can point me in the right
direction(s). If I have not provided enough information, please e-mail me
at [log in to unmask] or call me toll-free at 1-877-488-8828 (I'm just
north of Toronto, so the time difference is three hours).
Many thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest
Tel: (705) 720-6555 or 1-877-488-8828
Fax: (705) 720-2621 or 1-888-526-6610
1975A Golf Course Road
Minesing, ON L0L 1Y0
E-mail: [log in to unmask]