Leaders increasingly recognize that their organizations are made up of informal networks and that it’s through these networks rather than formal organizational structure that work gets done. Yet, leaders typically lack an understanding of their company’s informal networks. Consequently, they risk making important decisions with incomplete information.
Fortunately, organizational network analysis (ONA) has emerged as a tool to illuminate and analyze these important networks, giving leaders new and valuable understanding into how their organizations truly operate. Leaders can apply the insights from ONA to: improve collaboration between functions and departments, pinpoint key influencers who can drive organizational transformation, eliminate bottlenecks and streamline work, uncover hidden leaders and new succession candidates, and enhance the organization’s operating model.
ICL Provides Two Levels of ONA Certification
Certified Associate ONA Practitioner
The Certified Associate ONA Practitioner program covers foundational aspects of ONA, such as:
The importance of the network perspective and why it’s critical in today’s more complex business environment
Real-world ONA business applications
How to design an ONA study, including identifying the right population, relationships, study questions, network measures, and ethical considerations
Technologies to collect, analyze and visualize ONA data
The delivery of ONA insights and recommendations to key stakeholders
Participants who achieve Associate-level certification can progress to Professional-level certification by completing an independent ONA project overseen by an ICL faculty member.
Those seeking Associate-level certification participate in a full-day, face-to-face workshop (or four 2-hour virtual workshops) and then complete a case study in which they analyze real-world ONA data to demonstrate competence.