***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/ ***** Dear Colleagues, I have been attempting to put together a list of principles of creating and maintaining a network, and I wanted to pass it by you for your comments, additions or subtractions. 1. A network is not an end in itself. It is created and maintained in order to facilitate the flow of information, services, resources or products. 2. One cannot say that one "has" a network. A network is a dynamic entity and needs constant nurturing through intensive and sustained interactions. 3. Advantages of Weak and Strong Links. Weak links are most effective if the information that you need or the knowledge that you wish to transfer is reasonably simple. Strong links are more effective for more complex messages, or if you are trying to achieve behavioral change. 4. A "boundary spanner" is useful. Having someone who can bridge the two networks will facilitate network building and exchange. 5. Identifying a core person, champion, or core node is useful. Making a strong link with a core node who has strong links within their own network will facilitate network building and the exchange between networks. 6. Network analysis can identify gaps which can be filled with linkages. 7. One can evaluate the effectiveness of a network through procedural outcomes such as number of contacts, number of shared projects, number of exchanges, and a transformation of information to make it context-specific to the receptor network. Many thanks Dee Kramer Dee Kramer, MES, MSc, PhD. Knowledge Transfer Institute for Work & Health 481 University Ave., Suite 800 Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2E9 Tel: (416)927-2027, ext. 2146 Fax: (416)927-4167 Email: [log in to unmask] This e-mail may contain confidential information for the sole use of the intended recipient. Any review or distribution by anyone other than the person for whom it was originally intended is prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please delete all copies. Opinions, conclusions or other information contained in this e-mail may not be that of the organization. _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.