Using Social Network Analysis to Evaluate the Development of Professional Connectivity

The success of initiatives aimed at the development of a skilled technical workforce increasingly depends on the continual growth and strengthening of professional interpersonal connections such as those between education and industry professionals. Social network analysis (SNA) provides a useful methodology for evaluating and describing the structure and development of interpersonal connections within these contexts. This tool provides an actual example to introduce the foundational concepts of SNA and practical guidelines for capturing the necessary survey data to conduct the SNA.