Tuesday 8 April 2008

The Importance of Social Networks in War and Peace

Found this Wired article about United States military experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq originally in Bruce Schneier's Blog. The original topic was How Technology Almost Lost the War: In Iraq, the Critical Networks Are Social — Not Electronic and the article concentrated on the importance of social networks as a strategical asset in wars or peacekeeping missions, which require extended presence.

One might argue also that the same kind of approach would be also very useful when building joint ventures and outsourcing globally. There has to be social networks and cultural understanding in the company to be able to fully utilise the advantages of going global.