Activate Networks Senior Consultant Rob Cross has just won the Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize awarded by the MIT Sloan Management Review for the best MIT Sloan Management Review article on planned change and organizational development.
Cross and his co-authors’ prize-winning article is titled "The Collaborative Organization: How to Make Employee Networks Really Work." The article presents ways in which the most effective organizations use employee networks to "reduce costs, improve efficiency and spur innovation."
According to the MIT Sloan Management Review, "The judges noted that a particular virtue of this article was 'the elegant way the authors link network analysis to practical business challenges and opportunities.' Examples are integrated seemlessly, and the article provides expert guidance for CIOs and other busines leaders who want to promote patterns of collaboration that allow their organizations to become efficient, innovative and engaging work environments."
This is Cross's second research award this summer.
Dave Parkhurst, Director of Activate Networks’ Organizational Network Analytics Division, will be speaking at the ChangeConnect Symposium of the Pacific Northwest Regional Network of the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP). The Symposium will be held at the Nike World Headquarters, Portland, Oregon, October 24-25.
Activate Networks Advisory Board Member James Fowler was interviewed, last week on NPR’s “Science Friday,” about the news-making results of his research on social networks’ effects on voting.
Involving some 61 million Facebook users, Fowler’s experimental message on Facebook resulted in 1/3 of a million more people voting than otherwise would have. Does this matter? Fowler reminds us that, in 2000, only 537 Florida votes are said to have decided who’d be President of the US.
You can listen here.
Research published by ANI Director of Analytics, Luke Matthews, applies social network analysis to the problem of religious violence. While a research fellow at Harvard University, Matthews studied the personal networks and historical connections among 16th century Anabaptist sects of the “Radical Reformation.” He and his coauthors at Harvard and Boston Universities found that the history of congregational schisms was more predictive of a group endorsing violence than was the personal network of its leaders. This result contrasts with most theological and liturgical traits, which patterned better on the network of which leaders knew one another rather than on the history of schism between groups.
If you did, then you’re part of the experiment on social-network influence just published – and attracting international attention – in this week’s Nature.
In fact, you were one of 61 million people making history as what James Fowler, the researcher behind the study, calls “probably the largest randomized controlled trial that’s ever been conducted.” (Yes, the study was all anonymized.)
While the Nature article is behind a paywall, you can nevertheless watch James Fowler, the researcher behind the study, tell you all about it on YouTube.
In a 45-minute video filmed at Activate Networks’ Summit 2012, Fowler discusses this important research – research on the power of social networks to influence human behavior. And specifically, in this case, on voting.
Better still, perhaps, than reading the article, you’ll watch Fowler’s lively stories about how this ground-breaking research developed, how he linked up with Nicholas Christakis and then with the Facebook data scientists who joined him in the study. You’ll also learn about the analysis, what the results are, and what they mean for elections and beyond -- for example, for promoting healthy behaviors, driving product adoption, spreading best practices, and more. Fowler points to the fact that Activate Networks is already applying the power of real-world and online networks to practical business solutions.
Activate Networks’ Advisory Board member James Fowler has now added voting to the long list of human behaviors now proven to be significantly influenced by the power of our real-world and online social networks.
In an article published yesterday in Nature, and covered by the international news media, Fowler and his co-authors (including two data scientists at Facebook) showed that at least 300,000 additional people voted in the 2010 Congressional election as a result of the influence of their friends . . . and their friends of friends.
I’ll let the media tell the story. . .
In our September 2nd blog, we focused on Activate Networks' ACO Formation Product, which applies Activate Networks' unique social network analytics (SNA) technology to help healthcare providers, such as hospitals and physician groups, form the new ACOs (Accountable Care Organizations) called for by the nation’s new Affordable Care Act.
Research by our Scientific Founder and his colleagues*, recently published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), again validates this use of our technology, and its success. In addition, both the JAMA editors and Forbes quickly noted the immediate application of this technology for improving patient care as well as reducing healthcare costs -- a simultaneous and noteworthy accomplishment.
(An ACO is a formal network of physicians who will provide a patient’s treatment, based on a single payment from the government (rather than on the usual fee-for-each-service system generally in place in the US today). Therefore, an ACO must be highly efficient and effective, with physicians of the various required skills working together seamlessly to achieve appropriate care within the government-allotted payment.)
The JAMA paper again validates the success of the Harvard-developed social network analytics technology available commercially from Activate Networks. Forbes columnist Jim Golden notes: “The authors of the JAMA papers [both the research paper and JAMA’s accompanying editorial] recognize that the ideal way to understand true physician networks is most likely a combination of social relationships and shared patient interactions. They also correctly point out that understanding how various aspects of networks are related to better care and lower costs could be central to enabling accountable care and successful healthcare reform.”
Golden interviews Activate Networks CEO Larry Miller, MD, about what distinguishes Activate Networks' proprietary technology: in part, it's that Activate Networks’ social network analytics assesses a wide variety of real-world Big Data, rather than – as some other companies do – assessing only the more-limited online social-networking data.
How do you create the best-functioning ACO (Accountable Care Organization)? This is the question now being asked by thousands of hospitals and physician groups. Here’s the challenge. . . and the answer.
The challenge: Under the Affordable Care Act, healthcare providers, including hospitals and physician groups, are being incentivized to form Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Many are now assessing how best to form these new organizations. Because of the new financial model that ACOs must use, each ACO clearly needs to be -- from the get-go -- highly efficient, smooth-functioning, and effective in patient care.
The solution: Now, with a publication in JAMA and accolades from the JAMA editors and Forbes, Activate Networks has launched its eagerly awaited network-driven ACO Product -- a product that meets the stringent needs of healthcare providers by pinpointing for you the organically-formed ACO-type networks that already exist in your community, guaranteeing the best formation and continuing success for your ACOs.
Activate Networks’ unique Social Network Analytics (SNA) technology has been developed, validated, and made available, to provide hospitals and other healthcare providers with the exact right tool to create a superior-functioning ACO.
At the Aspen Ideas Festival this summer, network-science pioneer Nicholas Christakis explained how Social Network Analytics applies network-science technology to show us how to effectively spread health messages.
Blogging from the Aspen Ideas Festival 2012, Thomson Reuters took note, in its “Knowledge Effect” blog, of two of the “most interesting, provocative and salient quotes” heard during the sessions:
-- “We live in an era of massive passive data, when massive amounts of data are collected passively.” -Nicholas Christakis, Professor & Director of the Human Nature Lab, Harvard University, and Scientific Founder of Activate Networks, Inc.
(Those data -- from online and real-world sources -- provide us with the ability to map networks and influence.)
-- “Networks are agnostic: they will magnify anything, good or bad. Networks magnify whatever they are seeded with.” - Nicholas Christakis
(And this is, as you know, is where Social Network Analytics comes in.)
Media expert Barry Libert explains why you need to build your business around customers and potential customers who are networked to one another -- not just a random mass of people.
In video excerpts from his keynote speech to the Executive Conference of the Society of Show Organizers, Activate Networks Advisory Board member Barry Libert states, “If you can define your business as a community, as a network of people who want to connect year-round -- you don’t have to get them to do that: they WANT to do that -- engage them year-round in conversations that will drive revenues year-round, rather than in a discrete event.”