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2015 SSP Regional Event: Building Collaborations: Eight Tips for Effective Knowledge Networks

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
5:30 pm-8:00 pm
American Meteorological Society
45 Beacon Street
Boston, MA

When confronted with convergence, shifting market landscapes, and diminishing returns many people choose to build walls. But with change now the norm for many of us working in scholarly communications, perhaps the time has come to throw down the walls and confront issues head-on in collaborative new ways.

One way of doing so is via so-called “knowledge networks” or “communities of practice.” Some of these are incubators, some broad melting pots and some lively arenas. Not all have the same impact, and each requires a different strategy for success.

Which type of network model does your organization practice? Which leads to the best gains, given your culture or competitive climate? Are there strategies that work for some models and not others?

Kate Pugh shares eight tips for building effective networks across business units or organizations. Networks bring about scale, reach, and diversity in collaborations. These, in turn, can accelerate time to market and improve productivity, leading to improved job satisfaction and career outlook for participants. Kate is the Academic Director of the Columbia University Information and Knowledge Strategy program and president of AlignConsulting, which specializes in business planning and knowledge-based transformation.

This is the inaugural lecture for SSP’s Regional Programming Events and is fully sponsored by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). Light appetizers and beverages will be served before and after the lecture, giving participants a chance to network with Kate and others in attendance.

The event will be held at the AMS headquarters, 45 Beacon Street in Boston, just down from the Massachusetts State House. AMS is the premier scientific and professional society serving the atmospheric and related sciences, publishing 11 internationally respected scientific journals and organizing over a dozen scientific conferences annually.


Kate Pugh, Academic Director of the Columbia University Information and Knowledge Strategy program and president of AlignConsulting