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I have seen plenty of references to the use of SNA to identify informal
networks that exist alongside formal structures in organisations.
But a week ago I came across an interesting alternative, here in Indonesia.
Government staff in a province will be surveyed to ask them who they think
has official authority to do specific things / make specific decisions,
within the goverment structure. (a menu of such choices has been developed).
There is substantial confusion and uncertainty about many processes within
government, and the planners of this survey thought the results could be
useful in two ways: to help push for more formal clarification of roles, and
to help people who want to lobbying appropriate sections of government for
specific policy changes, in the (perhaps long) interim before there is a
I will be looking forward to seeing the results, and how easy/difficult the
survey process has been.
It makes me wonder if a similar surveys in Europe might be useful, because
assumptions about the existence of shared knowledge of how official
structures work may not be correct. Especially re the the EU!
regards, rick davies
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