From the ARJ Editors’ desk: “Network Research with Action Research
This saturday, I want to draw attention to Steve Waddell’s work. Steve, both an entrepreneur, PhD in sociology and principal of “Networking Action,” has been at the forefront of thinking/practicing through inter-networked communities of networks. In this simultaneously simple yet complex networked organizational form, the real work happens at the front lines. Resources and strategic thinking, however, can be informed at the “hub” of the shared communities. This is both efficient (always important, now more than ever) and it allows for the all important “weak ties” to grow. Weak tie theory, in a nutshell, suggests that people who have many “weak” connections outside their home base of “strong” ties or relationships can best allow for innovation and development into new areas because they can reach into resources – along the chain of weak ties – more quickly. But read Steve directly! And because this week’s blog from Steve is called “Getting More through Network Research with Action Research” – how can I resist bringing it to the ARJ community. Best wishes to Steve!
Hilary Bradbury-Huang, Ph.D.
ARJ Editor in Chief.