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The future is here, it is just unevenly distributed...

IBM has been applying social network analysis to discovering emergent communities of practice for many years... see my web page and the articles it links to:  http://www.orgnet.com/emergent.html

Enjoy!

Valdis

On May 19, 2011, at 12:03 PM, John T. Maloney (jheuristic) wrote:

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> Hi - Here is a new report --
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> “Promoting and assessing value creation in communities and networks: a conceptual framework”
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> http://bit.ly/mPVmsF
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> There is a breakthrough in the report: the CoP establishment is embracing networks! Wow!!!
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> Getting the CoP people to embrace social networks has been slow and arduous. Thing is, communities are just one basic social network structure and pattern. They are important but nothing special really. This was/is very hard for the CoP people to accept, since they have a LOT invested in their notion of communities and CoPs!
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> Fortunately, things are changing. CoP people are now accepting the reality, the empirical basis, the real science and robust practice of social networks and value. Woo-hoo! It has been a long time coming. Fortunately, we are patient…
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> For example, in the attached paper, the unit of analysis is “community/network.” That slash speaks volumes. It is a breakthrough! Networks will subsume communities with confidence. See in the report how they position SNA/ONA.
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> They do still have a lot of the CoP baggage in this report, like many of the dubious metrics. Anyway, very encouraging they are revealing the first glimpse of our network future to CoP practitioners.
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> Cheers,
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