Community, corporate structures and creative cultures are all topics explored in this month’s module. As we discovered, the dynamic of each of these is not as black and white as our perceptions. Community as we learned for Aboriginal Internet Art is not necessarily a structured and cookie cutter format. Rather, with new technologies there are endless possibilities to what a community can be.
Networking is an area of interest that connects with all topics covered this month in class. Its informal nature can bring major benefits for organizations and businesses. In my final assignment I have decided to submerge myself in the world of networking and speak to the benefits and drawbacks of networking in a business setting.
Networking is a relatively “new” phenomenon, in terms of using technology to create relationships. Because of this fact it is not always respected or given the attention that is needed by all professionals, stakeholders or organizations.
Networking is addressed by assuming that each individual chooses the weights he or she attaches to the characteristics and decisions of others. Social networking breaks down to the decisions and patterns of directed social interactions. Networking is much more complex than it may seem. Its complexity, stemming from its wide range of characteristics and abilities, becomes even more intricate when moving into smaller areas with less resource and more need for network connections to ensure a thriving business community.
Technology has created an easy tool for professionals in networking. Social media can be used to accelerate learning, build strong competent teams and foster innovations within an organization and to share these skills with other like-minded individuals and firms. The use of social media can take networking to another level and set organizations up for thriving success for many years to come.
The nature of networking and its effectiveness depend on an evolving environment that fosters relationships and connections in the workplace. Having an outlet to create and nurture business relationships is crucial for their success.
As I continue my research on this topic I will further explore the intricate areas of networks.
Have you had a networking experience that has been a career changer for you? How has networking helped build your organization?