Thought Leadership Essays

Informal Networks and Social Capital in the Workplace: Keys to Driving Change

August 24, 2011

Vikas Narula

In this Magis Ventures executive roundtable event, Harold Hegg – Director of New Business Development at Thrivent Financial, discusses the role of informal networks and social capital as a key, yet often overlooked, ingredient in driving change in the workplace.


  1. Pamela Meyer |
    12 Years Ago

    Great video! This nicely makes the case for the value of surfacing and appreciating your social/informal networks.

  2. Vikas Narula |
    12 Years Ago

    Thank you Pamela!

  3. Keith Setterholm |
    12 Years Ago

    Well done! Harold is eloquent and clearly passionate in his description of the insights he derived from the social network mapping that you provided.

  4. Vikas Narula |
    12 Years Ago

    Hi Keith,

    I agree, Harold is very articulate and commands a deep understanding of the power of networks.

    Thanks for the comment!


  5. James Sutherland |
    12 Years Ago

    Vikas – I was wondering if you had seen this piece of research which was released recently and if you feel that your work supports these findings?

    • Vikas Narula |
      12 Years Ago

      Hi James,

      Thanks for sharing — that is very interesting research. It wasn’t clear from the article whether the 3 models used yielded the same tipping threshold. I would think there would be variation depending on network topology (i.e. hubs vs. not, etc.), in which case our work could inform / predict tipping points in different organizational networks.

      Food for thought!

      Thanks again,

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