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Communication Networks and Productivity: Rewiring Low Productivity Units' Networks to Match High Productivity Units' Networks

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This paper reviews the literature on relationships of communication as well as communication network structures with organizational productivity. An hypothesis that flows from the literature is that higher network density is associated with higher productivity. We investigated associations between communication network structures and productivity in four vehicle assembly plants. Network analysis of communication about industrial materials use revealed that valued network density had an R2 of .97 with IM cost per unit produced. The highest productivity plants had IM network members communicating weekly or more often. We performed a triad census in each plant that also identified triad members so that we could propose a network rewiring intervention for three plants to change their networks to be similar to the highest productivity plant. The rewiring strategy is accurate, tractable, and reproducible.

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Danowski, James., Riopelle, Ken., Gluesing, Julia., Blow, Scott., Ferencz, Mark., Hallway, Fred., Henry, Mark. and McClain, Shawn. "Communication Networks and Productivity: Rewiring Low Productivity Units' Networks to Match High Productivity Units' Networks" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, TBA, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 22, 2008 <Not Available>. 2017-09-24 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p228778_index.html>

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Danowski, J. A., Riopelle, K. , Gluesing, J. , Blow, S. , Ferencz, M. , Hallway, F. , Henry, M. and McClain, S. , 2008-05-22 "Communication Networks and Productivity: Rewiring Low Productivity Units' Networks to Match High Productivity Units' Networks" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, TBA, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Online <PDF>. 2017-09-24 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p228778_index.html

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Abstract: This paper reviews the literature on relationships of communication as well as communication network structures with organizational productivity. An hypothesis that flows from the literature is that higher network density is associated with higher productivity. We investigated associations between communication network structures and productivity in four vehicle assembly plants. Network analysis of communication about industrial materials use revealed that valued network density had an R2 of .97 with IM cost per unit produced. The highest productivity plants had IM network members communicating weekly or more often. We performed a triad census in each plant that also identified triad members so that we could propose a network rewiring intervention for three plants to change their networks to be similar to the highest productivity plant. The rewiring strategy is accurate, tractable, and reproducible.


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