An excerpt from the book Homo Imitans by Leandro Herrero:
Highly connected people within the network of the organization have greater opportunities to influence, in a positive or negative
way. Connectivity and high influence are two different things, but inside the organization they are difficult to separate. In pragmatic terms, connectivity becomes a proxy for influence.
Highly connected people owe their connectivity not so much to their hierarchical position, but to their high social capital; that is, the depth and breadth of their rich relationships. By definition, highly connected people are unlikely to be ‘silent’ or ‘invisible’. But a great deal of their connectivity has to do with their informal social networks.
Network sciences are no longer just something on the resume of the ‘techies’. It has become vital in observing and interpreting any social reality, including the one where people spend most of their life: the organization.
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