IT HR and the Perceived Value of Networking Organizations

IT HR and the Perceived Value of Networking Organizations

Donald E. Brown (IT Management Professional, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-535-3.ch020


The purpose of this chapter is to explore how people and corporations perceive the value of networking organizations and social networking structures. Surveys were used to gather information about how networking organization members and staffing professionals alike view these networks in terms of their effectiveness and general value. This chapter will highlight the issues, controversies, and problems experienced by the modern day worker and staffing professionals, and it will examine the solutions and benefits realized through networking structures and look to the future as the trends uncovered persist. In conclusion, it will be shown that there are synergies in taking advantage of this relatively low investment and low risk way of connecting with communities of experts and corporate opportunities.
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Network Organization Member Inputs

The definition of a technology networking organization, in the context of this chapter, is a structure or association through which individuals in the area of technology are drawn together because of common goals or beliefs where knowledge, resources and relationships are leveraged to progress the agenda of the association. Members from various networking organizations were surveyed to find out what their individual experiences as members has been like for them. The first set of people that were surveyed belonged to internal corporate networking organizations and affinity groups and/or members of external volunteer non-profit organizations. The survey responders were of varying ages and degrees of experience, ranging from junior level technology professionals to senior management. The surveys conducted contained questions that were both multiple choice and open response, based on the focus of the survey question asked. The survey was designed to allow participants to answer as freely and openly as they wished, conducted with the intention of keeping their identity anonymous.

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