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I am and have been doing something which may be of help here. It is
along the lines of "Physician heal thyself"
Two weeks ago I gave a paper at a conference on impact assessment, on
the relevance of network perspective to the evaluation of development
aid (www.mande.co.uk/docs/nape.doc). At the end I circulated a 2
question sheet to all participants, asking what issues relating to the
paper was of most interest to them, and their email address. As I have
done with another group (but in a pre-existing network) I will collate
these into a short list of around 10 most common issues of concern, them
email all the respondents this list, and ask them to identify the two
issues on the collated list that most interest them.
I then collate the responses, into an actor x interest matrix, and
generate two network diagrams showing: who is connected to whom by
common interest, and which topics are connected to which topics, by
being of concern to the same people. I will then feedback the matrix and
two diagrams to all participants (48 or 49%).
Re working group formation, I think you could then create them using the
above data, by looking for existing cliques. It would be interesting to
track the influence of those who bridge the groups, or even build in an
explicit role for them
Is it feasible in your case to do a similar survey before they come to
the school or during the school but before the working groups are
formed? Could you even build the whole process survey and analysis into
their course structure?
regards from Rick Davies
Patrick Kenis wrote:
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> Does anybody know a way to divide a group of people into sub-groups
> using a relational approach?
> Assume that you are organizing a Summer School on Network Analysis
> and that you would like to divide the participants in working
> groups. Since this is a Summer School on networks it seems not
> appropriate to form groups on the basis of the attributes of the
> participants. Does anybody know of a relational solution to this
> Prof. Dr. Patrick Kenis
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