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Online Course on “Creating Effective Networks” (1 Oct. – 14 Dec. 2012)

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    Gerd JUNNE
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    Creating Effective Networks
    A virtual education program of
    The Network University and NetworkingAction

    To register, go to: http://www.networks.netuni.nl

    Programme:

    Oct. 1 – 19, Module 1: Introduction to “Networks”

    Nov. 2 –16, Module 2: Network Development Challenges

    Nov. 26 – Dec. 14, Module 3: Visions of Success

    With two well-known experts, The Network University (TNU) in partnership with NetworkingAction are offering a set of virtual courses for people who are working in, for or with networks. This can be networks that comprise as their main “unit” individuals or organizations; single-sector (business-government-civil society) or cross-sector; local, national, regional or global. Participants will learn core concepts and tools to support development of networks’ effectiveness. There will be a maximum of 20 participants.
    Structure: The course is organized as three virtual Modules, each three weeks long. They will be most beneficial if they are taken sequentially. However, this is not a requirement.
    Cost: €200/module
    Format: This is a virtually-delivered curriculum. It includes:
    • Assessments of your network
    • A weekly one-hour webinar
    • Email exchanges amongst participants
    • One-on-one exchanges with participants and faculty as desired
    • Short readings
    • Short written assignments to apply ideas to participants’ own experiences

    Faculty and Organizations

    This course will be co-led by two very experienced faculty.
    Steve Waddell
    Responding to the 21st century’s enormous global challenges and realizing its unsurpassed opportunities requires new ways of acting and organizing. For 30 years Steve has been supporting this organizational, network, and societal change and development, through consultation, education, research, and personal leadership. He focuses on multi-stakeholder change collaborations. For the past 10 years he has had a particular focus on Global Action Networks. This includes work with the Global Reporting Initiative, Transparency International, the Global Compact, the International Land Coalition and numerous local, national and regional initiatives.
    Steve is a Canadian-American, living in Boston and conducts his work through his own shop called NetworkingAction. On a part-time basis he is also Senior Researcher at the Center for Research on Organization and Management (CROMA) at Bocconi University; and Communications and Community Development Steward with GOLDEN, a global network of research centers and corporations. His has published dozens of articles, book chapters and books. His latest book is Global Action Networks: Creating our future together (2011). Steve has an MBA and PhD

    Gerd Junne

    Gerd has been a co-founder of TNU 15 years ago. He held the chair in International Relations of the University of Amsterdam for more than 30 years and was a guest professor at New York University. He has a background in political science, economics, and law. He has closely cooperated with many NGOs and been a Board member of the International Institute for Communication and Development and of War Child Holland. Beside academic courses, he lead many training programs for civil servants, diplomats, parliamentarians, the military, NGOs and companies, in Europe and Africa.
    TNU: The point of departure of The Network University (TNU) has been that no institution alone harbors all the relevant knowledge in any field and that, therefore, close cooperation is necessary between academia, companies, international organizations, NGOs, and public authorities to provide adequate international education. From that perspective, TNU offers action oriented training programs, which harness collective knowledge for social change.
    NetworkingAction: Steve conducts his activities through NetworkingAction, which is a sole proprietorship.

    Register:
    To register, please go to the website http://www.networks.netuni.nl

    The Curriculum
    Module 1 Title: Introducing Networks
    Date: Oct. 1, 2012 – October 19, 2012
    Goals
    1. To introduce core network concepts; and
    2. Further develop the concepts with their application to participants’ own experiences and networks.

    Week 1: What are “Networks”
    The term “network” is used by different people in different ways, with the concept of “computer networks” often having a big impact on how people think about them. Core network concepts will be presented and participants will use them to describe their own networks.

    Reading: pp 20-26. Waddell, S. (2011). Chapter 3. Understanding networks. Global Action Networks: Creating our future together. Bocconi University on Management. Hampshire, UK, Palgrave-Macmillan.

    Assignment: Use the concepts to analyze your network and describe it in 1-2 pages.

    Week 2: What do Networks Do?
    Strategies and structures for enhancing networks’ effectiveness are based in a good understanding of what they do. Six different types of networks, defined by what they do, will be investigated. Most networks combine two of more of these tasks.

    Reading: pp 26-32. Waddell, S. (2011). Chapter 3. Understanding networks. Global Action Networks: Creating our future together.

    Assignment: Use the concepts to analyze your network and describe it in 1-2 pages.

    Week 3: Networks as Simple, Complicated or Complex Systems
    Networks’ effectiveness challenge is determined by whether their work is simple, complicated or complex. These three concepts will be explored for their effectiveness implications.

    Reading: Snowden, D. (2002). “Complex acts of knowing: paradox and descriptive self-awareness.” Journal of Knowledge Management 6(2): 100-111.
    Waddell, S. Seven Complexity Implications for Multi-stakeholder Networks. Blog. Dec. 21, 2010. http://networkingaction.net/2010/12/seven-complexity-implications-for-multi-stakeholder-networks/

    Assignment: Use the concepts to analyze your network and describe it in 1-2 pages.

    Module 2: Network Development Challenges
    Date: November 2, 2012 – November 16, 2012
    Goals
    1. To investigate how networks develop; and
    2. Analyze participants’ own networks and key development challenges.

    Week 1: Network Beginnings
    How networks begin has a big influence on their future trajectories. What are the different ways that networks begin and how does it influence their trajectories?

    Reading: pp 44-57. Waddell, S. (2011). Chapter 4. Development Stages. Global Action Networks: Creating our future together.

    Assignment: Use the concepts to analyze your network and describe it in 1-2 pages.

    Week 2: Reaching for Success
    How do networks move from initiation to actually “doing the doing” and achieving results? What structures and processes are critical to success?

    Reading: pp 57-62. Waddell, S. (2011). Chapter 4. Development Stages. Global Action Networks: Creating our future together.

    Assignment: Use the concepts to analyze your network and describe it in 1-2 pages.

    Week 3: Scaling for Success
    After initial success on a modest level, how do networks become large enough to realize their potential? Different strategies and their implications are explored.

    Reading: Reading: pp 62-67. Waddell, S. (2011). Chapter 4. Development Stages. Global Action Networks: Creating our future together; Blog: http://networkingaction.net/2011/10/scaling-up-%E2%80%93-change-%E2%80%93-complex-adaptive-systems/#hide

    Assignment: Use the concepts to analyze your network and describe it in 1-2 pages.

    Module 3 Title: Competencies for Success
    Date: Nov. 26, 2012 – Dec. 14, 2012
    Goals
    1. To investigate the skills, knowledge and attributes required for networks’ success; and
    2. Analyze participants’ own networks in terms of these.

    Week 1: Networks as a Set of Core Competencies
    To be effective networks must be competent at eight tasks: leadership, network development, measuring and evaluation, communications, learning, policy development and resource mobilization. Although these terms are also used with traditional organizations, extrapolating from how they are applied in such organizations to networks can create significant problems.

    Reading: pp 142-146. Waddell, S. (2011). Chapter 7. Competencies. Global Action Networks: Creating our future together;

    Assignment: Use the concepts to analyze your network and describe it in 1-2 pages.

    Week 2: Networks as Learning Organizations
    Any organization’s success depends on its ability to learn and adapt; for networks addressing complex change issues, this is a critical competency. What are strategies and process that support this?

    Reading: pp 174-181. Pp 190-193. Waddell, S. (2011). Chapter 7. Competencies. Global Action Networks: Creating our future together;

    Assignment: Use the concepts to analyze your network and describe it in 1-2 pages.

    Week 3: Leadership in Networks
    Leadership in traditional organizations and in networks are two very different types of things. What are the distinctions and how can a network be “leaderful”?

    Reading: pp 146-154. Waddell, S. (2011). Chapter 7. Competencies. Global Action Networks: Creating our future together;

    Assignment: Use the concepts to analyze your network and describe it in 1-2 pages.

    #5993
    Gerd JUNNE
    Participant

    CORRECTION:   the correct URL for the registration website is  “networks.netuni.nl”  –  WITHOUT the prefix “www”.

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