How to build a better network

Chicago Booth’s Ronald S. Burt explains how networks behave and why network structure is so important

Jan 11, 2019

Sections Strategy Video

 

Your network is a complicated thing. The entire network includes all the people you’ve worked closely with, but the active part of your network can look strikingly different at different times, depending on where you’re working, what you’re working on, even how you’re feeling. Your network goes dormant in some areas and comes alive in others. It informs the way you solve problems and make decisions. It is unique to you, but it contains traits shared by other networks: successful managers have networks that share characteristics not only with the networks of other successful managers, but also successful artists and musicians.

In fact, the structure of your network—whether it’s open or closed, narrow or broad—can have significant consequences for your career trajectory. In the six videos below, Chicago Booth’s Ronald S. Burt explains how networks behave, how to understand your own network structure, and why it matters for professionals across the business world. Click each node in the network diagram to learn more.

WHAT IS A NETWORK?WHY YOUR NETWORK NEEDS MORE DIVERSITYTHE THREE KEYS TO CREATING VALUEWHEN GROUP AFFILIATIONS BECOME OBSTACLESBREAKING DOWN “STICKY INFORMATION”HOW TO FIND NEW PERSPECTIVES WHAT IS A NETWORK?