Global Action Networks: Creating Our Future Together
Bocconi University Press 2011
Reviewed by Marc Hudson
The first chapter is “meh”. The last chapter is semi-dodgy. Everything in between is… solid gold. This management book, by a guy who has spent thirty years in the trenches of organisational change, is crammed full of useful insights, distinctions and anecdotes. Anyone who is interested in the how and why of network formation, the why and how of sustaining and enhancing networks, and the crucial tasks of identifying capacity gaps and figuring out how to plug them – in individuals and also groups – is going to love this book.
With chapter headings like “understanding networks,” “mastering change” and “growing the competencies required for success” (there are 8 of them, in his opinion), this book is structured but not dogmatic, dense but at no point verbose or boring. The author throws in insights from business, sociology, government and “activism” (at the inter-national level), most of which will have thoughtful Mancunians reaching for their pens and scratching their heads.
Wadell says his primary goal is “to provide practical assistance to people working in, and associated with global, multi-stakeholder, inter-organizational change networks.” Well, I’m not qualified on that, but it is going to be very useful here in Manchester over the coming years. If anyone wants to borrow the MCFly copy, email mcmonthly [AT] gmail.com.
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