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DSGN 423: Design of Networks


Over the past two decades networks have come to play an increasingly important role in the way we create and manage our careers, innovation, entrepreneurship, knowledge, change, and alliances. Extraordinary developments in computing and telecommunications are engendering new fluid, dynamic personal and organizational networks. There is widespread agreement that the ability to grow, nurture, and leverage knowledge networks will differentiate leaders in 21st century organizations. This course provides you with the concepts, insights, and techniques that will give you a competitive edge as you design and leverage these important networks.

The course offers a set of strategic principles for you to create, maintain, and dissolve network ties. These principles vary depending on your desire to explore innovations, engage in entrepreneurship, exploit existing resources, implement change, or mobilize for strategic partnerships. The course will identify the optimal principles in these diverse contexts using a set of case studies and review articles as well as computer‐based visual‐analytic demonstrations. By the end of the course, you will have the conceptual tools and techniques to assess an existing network and specify how it should be changed to achieve any desired individual or organizational goal.

Watch a video of Noshir Contractor explaining his research on social networks.

Open to MMM students only.

Quarter Offered


DSGN 423: Design of Networks
Meets Tuesday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. in Ford ITW 1.350
Instructor: Noshir Contractor

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