Social networks

Another viewpoint corresponds to the observation that in addition to any formal organizational structure, and documented, repeatable processes, a lot of what is accomplished in organizations is done informally and almost in spite of the standard systems. A discipline has grown up around studying patterns of informal interaction, and forms the basis for this architectural view. As with all of these viewpoints, it is impossible to get into many details, but it is important to note that this viewpoint is the heart of our concern for sociality of enterprise. There are tools and applications today that address social networking, so this is an emerging set of capabilities that purport to enable communities of interest and practice.

•    Elements: role-players, organizations, ties, strength of tie, information transfer
•    Types: A key aspect of social networks is how far they range. Some social networks bridge across organizations and types of organization.
•    Sociality: By definition social networks are social. This is a wild card kind of sociality that managers and organization designers ignore at their peril.