This exercise can be found on page 42 in “Toolbox 2.0 for Strategic Leadership of Innovative Networks”. You can download a PDF version of the toolbox here.


Exercise 1: Identify the people in your network and map the members’ relationships

  • Interview them to find out what relationships they have with other members of the network. Are the relationships strong or weak?
  • What other businesses and networks are in contact with outside the network, which may be used when needed to mobilize in order to handle a change?
  • How does interaction occur in the network?

Exercise 2: Assess the relationships in the network

  • What kind of architecture/topology emerges from the mapping exercise?
  • Does the network consist of weak or strong relationships?
  • What kind of connection does it have to other networks locally and regionally?
  • How is it connected to other local networks?
  • What kind of power relations keep the network together? “Power to act” and “power over others”?

Building networks is a tool that is closely connected to several of the other tools. If the network lacks knowledge in one, it is necessary to “build the network” to make sure the necessary knowledge is available.

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