Organisational Network Analysis, 4-8 weeks

It is a common misconception today that more collaboration is better. Some organisations even have outspoken goals to collaborate more. This would be the equivalent of encouraging to drink more water because of the health benefits – ignoring the fact that too much water will kill you. It is the same with collaboration: it’s beneficial up to a certain level, then the benefits starts declining rapidly. We at Wexxa claim that collaboration is a science – because every purpose has a best suited collaboration style and amount to go with it.

The collaboration gap assessment is more about you than it is about us. What we offer is a tool and methodology to effectively evaluate if your current collaboration is suitable to what purpose you are collaborating to fulfill. Our evaluation results in a gap-report – what does the collaboration look like, and what should you do to reach maximum performance?

An organisational network analysis is such a new methodology that it is unknown to most, which is why we chose to provide some example graphs from such an anlysis.

Our first example is a bird-eyes view of a selection of a large organisations. We can see flows between different business units, and identify key people connecting them. In this case we found that the facilitating group function had too few connections to be an effective knowledge broker.

In the example above we are looking at a snapshot of a specific function within an organsation, with colours representing different locations. We can see that the locations are poorly connected, and that the isolation degree is high, even within one of the locations.

In this image we have visualised the stronger connections within a business area. We can see that the network has become fragmented, which implies that there are strong sub-groups. This organisation has not got the structure and trust to act as ‘one organisation’, but will act as several groups.

The last example is a classification system to identify key players in a network. Typically, to break existant silos you need to build strong connections across silos, and the analysis behind this graph classifies all members of a network as either an agent, an ambassador, a practitioner, or a specialist.

But Remember – It’s About You

Collaboration is a science – We’ll gladly help you find the purpose of collaboration in your organisation and make the evaluation. Here are a few examples of what you could consider purposes of collaboration:

  • Increase cross-sales
  • Reach Operational Excellence
  • Come closer to customers
  • Increase innovation capability throughout R&D
  • M&A Integration
  • etc, etc