ORGANIZATIONAL NETWORK ANALYSIS (ONA)
Every organization has hidden networks of relationships that employees
use in order to get work done,
make decisions and solve problems.
Although Organizational Networks are often ignored by leaders and managers, they hold the keys to improving performance.
In fact, while hopefully promoting efficiency and flexibility, a by-product of these efforts is that coordination and work increasingly occur through informal networks of relationships rather than through formal reporting structures or prescribed work processes.
These seemingly invisible webs have become central to performance and strategy execution.
Research shows that appropriate connectivity in networks within organizations can have a substantial impact on
performance, learning, innovation and benefits also accrue from well-connected networks between organizations.
A network assessment aims to identify how people collaborate, share information, solve problems and get work done..
Organizational Network Analysis (ONA) provides an X-ray into the inner workings of an organization and it’s a powerful way to expose and make visible the movements of the flow of information and cooperation among Resources. A network perspective can enhance performance in three principal areas that are vital to the survival and success in an increasingly competitive world:
A network perspective could help leaders identify points of misalignment and accelerate cooperation in the right places and at the right times.
Network analyses could help management determine whether targeted units or functions are achieving the kind of connectivity necessary to achieve the desired results and, if they are not, it shows how to identify and track surgical interventions.
Network perspective can help organizations identify high performers, understand how they use their network to maximize effect and replicate the behaviour and relationships that make them successful.